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The Real Corruption Behind Hillary’s Email Debacle

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all around bon vivant.

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The Now Infamous Private Server

When we, the American people, first became aware of Hillary’s “private” as opposed to “official government” email server, it was in the context of the Benghazi hearings, back in March of 2015. Much has been written about this investigation, and I will not spend much time on it here, other than to say that I have come to understand that this particular issue, in actuality, is only the tip of the iceberg.

We all watched Hillary utter the notorious line, “What difference at this point does it make?" Hillary supporters no doubt thought to themselves, “Yeah, she’s right. Why are we drilling her on the timeline, when we should just be concerned with fixing things for the future?” Her political opponents, on the other hand, took that line and ran with it, basically accusing her of callous indifference. Hillary is just trying to “gloss over” her inaction and culpability. And she just keeps going about her business as if nothing had happened.

The Drip, Drip, Drip of Email Content

As the weeks rolled into months, we were regaled with choice tidbits from the emails that were being released based on the freedom of information act. No, I don’t want to know more about what type of yoga poses Hillary uses. No, I don’t care if she helped someone facilitate a shipment of gefilte fish. Yes, I am concerned that although many emails were not “marked” classified, they nonetheless contained classified information. They were, in point of fact, born classified. And she darn well should have known that. And on and on.

Recently, however, it has dawned on me that these issues are far from the crux of the matter. Sure, Benghazi is, and will continue to be a tragedy that Hillary probably could have averted had she been doing her job. Sure, some classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, obtained by spy satellites, was probably leaked. And yes, that does have serious national security implications. The “real” corruption is actually a much larger, more insidious issue.

What Could Be Worse Than Benghazi?

Believe it or not, we are just now getting to the “real” dirt. Hillary was Secretary of State at the same time that her husband and daughter were actively involved in the Clinton Foundation. And business is booming. The Clinton Foundation is a public charity, that had grants and contributions in excess of $144 million in 2013, the most recent numbers available.

The “overlap” of State Department and Clinton Foundation work is not difficult to find. Donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation “may” be correlated with favorable decisions from the State Department, while Hillary was secretary. It is such an obvious conflict-of-interest that it scarcely needs definition. It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz – where the Wizard yells out “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” If you don’t see it, it probably means that you are purposefully averting your eyes.

So here is my point in a nutshell: If you were the leader of a department in the Federal government, and wanted to hand out “favors” in exchange for donations to your family foundation, wouldn’t you want a private email server? This way, you could control who would see those pesky solicitations and “quid pro quo” exchanges. It may not be a smoking gun, but I say that were there is smoke, there is probably fire.

The FBI Doesn’t Care About Politics

The Clinton campaign would love for you to believe that it’s all part of a right-wing conspiracy. That the emails were classified top secret “after that fact,” and that she did everything that she was supposed to do relative to protecting our State Department personnel abroad. They would also have you believe that Bill Clinton is worth 1.4 million for seven days of giving speeches (that was back in May of 2012). In fact, in 2012, her last year at the State Department, he earned more than $16.3 million for 72 speeches. These are documented facts.

According to International Business Times, under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation. It is also a known fact that there is an overlap between the list of Clinton Foundation donors, and those who had business before the State Department when Hillary was running things.

What’s Next?

Here is my prediction. Just before the FBI finally gets around to arraigning Hillary, she will suffer some major “health” issue, that necessitates her dropping out of the Presidential race. Then, she will quietly be put under house arrest, while the wheels of justice slowly churn. If not, well then God help us. Another round of Clintons in the White House will surely sink the U.S.A., more quickly than ISIS.

But I could be wrong.

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  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 13 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    In case anyone is too lazy to read your linked article Dick sums it up in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9zRVRLj7-I

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    Carolyn Fields 13 months ago from the USA

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/newly-released-emails-...

    The new emails, released by the group Judicial Watch, offer fresh examples of how top Clinton Foundation officials sought access to the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure. The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department.

    Just the tip of the iceberg.

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    bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

    Carolyn

    I had already commented here on your hub. I still agree with your opinion here.

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    TSAD 15 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Now the only thing Hiliary's camp is saying is Colin Powell did the same thing! Different times, different rules and he actually didn't do what she did, apples and oranges, but let's say that he did.

    HOW would his wrong doing justify her now doing the same (actually much worse) wrong thing? Liberal "logic," an oxymoron if there ever was one.

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/13037495_f496.j...

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    Ralph Schwartz 15 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    That's kind of my point Tsad - she's either forced to lie about one part of the story or the other or risk her longtime charade from collapsing.

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    TSAD 15 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Ralph, the recent AG;s report stated no one gave her permission and also said if she had asked for permission to have a server it would have been denied! So it is undeniable that she has lied about that from the start, a lie repeated multiple times to the face of America! What else is new, Hiliary (pronounced hill-LIAR' ee) is appropriately named!

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    Ralph Schwartz 15 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The recent events and now the looming question we should all be asking - if she was given permission for the home brew server, WHO signed off on it? Obviously if anyone admits it, their career is finished - so it will be interesting

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    Carolyn Fields 15 months ago from the USA

    Personally, I think the FBI is taking a really long time to bulletproof their findings. It may be more of a hope than anything else, but that's what I think. I have heard some encouraging news recently that supports my beliefs. One item was the news story about how when Hillary's server went down, and she was offered a government blackberry, she refused because she was afraid of the "public information act." That shows explicit knowledge that what she was doing was to hide information. We will find out soon.

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    Jack Lee 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

    Why do you think it is taking the FBI so long to investigate this case? I am not so confident that the FBI is non political.

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    Ralph Schwartz 18 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I've always felt Hillary would hold the "health issue" in reserve to bail herself out. I'm terrified for the nation if she gets in power.

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    stella vadakin 19 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    We all have the right to our opinions. I like that the Clinton years gave us a balanced budget. The scandal will be hard for Hillary to get out of and I believe it will cost her the election. It is sad when I really don't trust or like any of these people.

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    TSAD 19 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Moderating, well done Carolyn. Sometimes a snide remark deserves a response in kind but it's nice to see you are consistent with your policy and so remain above the fray!

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    bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

    Carolyn M Fields

    I would have like to see more comments on this subject, but I am not surprised by the limited response to this subject.

    We would be better off if the people gave the same amount of interest and enthusiasm for who will run the country, as they do for the super bowl, the Oscars, or any other of these kinds of events.

    Thanks

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    Carolyn Fields 19 months ago from the USA

    A note to my commenters: I moderate my comments, which means that if you used any crude language or engaged in name-calling, I typically will not approve your comment. If you wish to rephrase and try again, I will happily reconsider it. Thank you for your support.

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    Carolyn Fields 19 months ago from the USA

    Always exploring,

    I should probably not respond to your comment, but I feel I must. Yes, I do have a very good idea of how much The Clinton Foundation helps. Yes, they help the poor. They are also involved in healthcare, climate, disaster relief, and many other initiatives. For the record, I am not "a Clinton hater." Not at all. Far from it. I have a very open mind, although I doubt I could convince you of that. But in my mind, regardless of how much "good" the foundation does, the end does not justify the means. The Clinton Foundation has broken its promise to publish all of its donors, as well as its promise to let the State Department review all of its donations from foreign governments. Also, to be clear, by saying that our nation needs to "rise again," we agree that that there are many problems to be fixed. I just don't see a recycled politician as the best way of accomplishing this. Particularly one who used such poor decision-making skills in setting up her private server in the first place. Which she herself admitted. Also, I am not advocating any particular candidate. Thank you for your comment.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

    I should not respond to this, but I must. Do you have any idea how much The Clinton foundation helps the poor of the world? Once a Clinton hater, always a Clinton hater. The right wing has been trying to destroy the Clintons since the nineties and failed miserably every time. I hope she wins the white house, only then will our nation rise again.

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    bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

    I thing that Hillary will continue until she would be forced to stop her bid for the presidency.

    Lets face it, when have we had presidential candidates that you could really feel good about voting for them.

    The democratic party and the voters dropped her in 2008, for a young, inexperienced, but well connected unknown. Senator Barack Obama didn't even offer her the VP position, as he chose an old white dude.

    Now, the democratic party is trying to recycle Hillary as better than new. She did a poor job as Secretary of State, and like Obama she dumped her Senatorial promises to jump for the brass ring.

    History has shown that neither political party has the solutions to move the country forward. Proof is in the continued decline of the US since the artificial oil shortages of the 70s.

    The people forgive the bad acts of her husband, and one has to believe that they will forgive the bad acts of Hillary.

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    John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Very interesting insights. Thanks for sharing.

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    TSAD 19 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    I have to say Carolyn you have stated accurately the heart of the matter.

    Do you really think Hiliary will suffer some major “health” issue, that necessitates her dropping out of the Presidential race? What would that health issue be? Oh I know, her pants are on fire.

    The wheels of justice will not move slowly if she is put under house arrest. Before the end of the year, Obama's term, she would be pardoned. The Clinton's know all about that angle, remember Mark Rich and the rest of the felons Bill pardoned?

    I think I know what is going to happen but you probably won't believe it so I'll just wait and see if you are right. Good job laying out the facts.