The latest feature of Hillary Clinton’s mysteriously success-challenged tour as Secretary of State is emerging, a scandal of potentially huge proportions involving hundreds of millions of dollars steered from the State Department to a Haiti reconstruction fund controlled by . . . Bill Clinton.
If “follow the money” is the watchword of investigative journalism, reporters should be swarming on this one. They won’t, but they should. Especially when it involves such a shady character as Bill Clinton.
I think it’s more than likely that either through his murky business and philanthropic efforts or by way of what I take to be his own subliminal desire that she fail, Bill Clinton will screw up Hillary’s run for the presidency. Unless she screws it up herself through her own suspect dealings.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady reports today in the Wall Street Journal that there is little to show for huge chunk of taxpayer cash allotted to help desperate Haiti. What needs to be uncovered is who had their hand in the cookie jar before the Haitians got the crumbs.
The news website Tout Haiti reported last month that two prominent lawyers have petitioned Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, demanding an audit of Bill Clinton’s management of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). There are powerful interests that won’t want to see the petition succeed and it may go nowhere. But the sentiment it expresses is spreading fast. In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, Mr. Clinton has gone from hero to goat.
Four years after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake toppled the capital city of Port-au-Prince and heavily damaged other parts of the country, hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), allocated to the IHRC, are gone. Hundreds of millions more to the IHRC from international donors have also been spent. Left behind is a mishmash of low quality, poorly thought-out development experiments and half-finished projects.
Haitians are angry, frustrated and increasingly suspicious of the motives of the IHRC and of its top official, Mr. Clinton.
Referencing “the Clinton machine, which controlled the bankroll and could award the lucrative contracts,” O’Grady clearly implies that the Clintons may fear an audit because the they and/or their friends may have been profiting off the tragedy.
There is, she notes, a precedent:
The Clinton crowd has a lot of experience in Haiti. After President Clinton used the U.S. military to return Jean Bertrand Aristide to power in 1994, assorted Friends of Bill went into business to milk Haiti’s state-owned telephone monopoly.
Hillary Clinton’s State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, traveled to Haiti 30 times in four years. That is highly suspect. Mills is not just any State Department official. She is a preofessional consigliere to the Clintons who served on the White House legal team that saved Bill from being removed from office following impeachment.
Bill Clinton has, with the help of the press, somehow graduated from Slick Willie to elder statesman and International Man of Helpfulness. But he’s still the same guy who was walking around the White House with pants around his ankles, the same draft-dodging truth-shading operator he always was.
He’s written a whole new chapter in the 13 years since he left the White House. There are bound to be many grubby chapters we haven’t been permitted to read. Hillary will be working tirelessly to glue the book shut.