The great thing for President Obama about the latest Clinton scandal is that it is a Clinton scandal. Because had it involved any other member of the administration – like those not running for president – it would have been an Obama scandal.
This scandal involves a major potential conflict of interest centering on one of President Obama’s closest advisors. And it directly involves the White House, which supposedly had an agreement with the advisor not to do exactly what she did.
The Memorandum of Understanding Hillary Clinton struck with the White House when she was named Secretary of State stipulated that the Clinton Foundation was to publish the names of all its contributors. The idea was to prevent any of them from influencing Mrs. Clinton.
It didn’t do that, on a massive scale. The 1,100 secret contributors to the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, revealed in a Washington Post story today, were actually covered under the MOU, according to Bloomberg.
The MOU barred foreign government donations to the Clinton Foundation. But a Canadian tycoon donated millions as a deal he was involved in unfolded that ultimately benefited the Russian government. The donations were kept secret. Meantime, Bill Clinton picked a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank connected to the Russian government.
Maybe he refused to share the money with Hillary.
Yes, that’s joke.
THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE WAS SUPPOSED TO GET MONEY OUT OF THE EQUATION, right? It didn’t allow lobbyists to join sign up for duty with Obama. It sought to close the “revolving door.” Meanwhile, the Secretary of State was breaking a deal to disclose millions of dollars of donations to her charity.
Where’s the outrage at the White House? Nowhere to be found. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today dodged questions about whether Clinton had violated the MOU, saying it was up to the State Department to enforce the deal.
Keeping money out of policy was to be one of the pillars of this presidency. Now the White House suggests it didn’t bother to check that the arrangement with Clinton was being carried out, and shows no sign that it cares that it wasn’t.
Because to care would be to admit that this is, in fact, Obama’s scandal too.