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Fitton testimony, Oversight Committee 12 2018

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Opening Statement
Tom Fitton, President
Judicial Watch
Hearing the House Committee Oversight and
Government Reform Subcommittee Government
Operations
Oversight Nonprofit Organizations: Case Study the
Clinton Foundation
December 13, 2018
2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Good afternoon, Tom Fitton, president Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch conservative, non-partisan educational
foundation dedicated promoting transparency, accountability
and integrity government, politics and the law. are the
nations largest and most effective government watchdog
group.
Judicial Watch is, without doubt, the most active Freedom
Information Act (FOIA) requestor and litigator operating
today. Thank you, Chairman Meadows and Congressman
Connolly for allowing testify this important topic. secret Judicial Watch has had longstanding concerns
with the Clintons ethics and respect for the rule law. So,
was with some skepticism that greeted Hillary Clintons
promises ten years ago avoid conflicts interest with her
Foundation and her husbands business activities Secretary State. the time, even CNN reported that Bill Clintons
complicated global business interests could present future
conflicts interest that result unneeded headaches for the
incoming commander-in-chief. reassure President Obama and Senators both parties that
she would above reproach, Mrs. Clinton sent January
2009, letter State Department Designated Agency Ethics
Official James Thessin, stating:
For the duration appointment Secretary
confirmed, will not participate personally and
substantially any particular matter involving specific
parties which The William Clinton Foundation (or
the Clinton Global Initiative) party represents
party ....
Additionally, the Clintons promised that President Clintons
speeches and business activities would undergo State
Department ethics review and that the Clinton Foundation
would disclose its donors online and agree significant
restrictions support from foreign governments.
Judicial Watch had zero confidence these promises,
began immediately monitoring the ethics process for the
Clintons and submitted Freedom Information Act request 2011.
The Clinton State Department leadership ignored our FOIA
request and sued after waiting for two years 2013. The
lawsuit produced documents showing the State Department
rubber-stamped President Clintons and the Clinton
Foundations ethics review requests.
Judicial Watch detailed its findings report with the
Washington Examiner 2014: joint investigation the Washington Examiner and the
nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that
former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned
$48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign
policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons
fulfilled ethics agreements related the Clinton
Foundation during Hillary Clintons tenure secretary
state.
According documents obtained Judicial Watch and
released Wednesday ongoing Freedom
Information Act case, State Department officials charged
with reviewing Bill Clintons proposed speeches did not
object single one.
Some the speeches were delivered global hotspots
and were paid for entities with business policy
interests the U.S.
The documents also show that June 2011, the State
Department approved consulting agreement between
Bill Clinton and controversial Clinton Foundation
adviser, Doug Band.
The consultancy with Bands Teneo Strategy ended eight
months later following uproar over Teneos ties the
failed investment firm Global.
State Department legal advisers, serving designated
agency ethics officials, approved Bill Clintons speeches China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab
Emirates, Panama, Turkey, Taiwan, India, the Cayman
Islands and other countries.
The memos approving Mr. Clintons speeches were
routinely copied Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clintons senior
counsel and chief staff.
Mills longtime Clinton troubleshooter who defended
the president during his impeachment. the Benghazi
affair, Mills reportedly berated high-ranking official
the U.S. embassy Libya for talking Republican
congressman.
Under State Department protocols, designated agency
ethics official assigned advise the secretary state
about potential actual conflicts interest. December 2008 memorandum understanding, the
protocols were expanded Bill Clinton, the Clinton
Foundation and related initiatives specifically,
reviewing Bill Clinton proposed speeches and
consulting deals. accompanying letter the State Department legal
adviser, Clinton lawyer David Kendall noted that Bill
Clinton would disclose proposed consulting deals and, for
speeches, provide the identities the host(s) (the entity
that pay the speaker fee) that the State Department consultation with the White House appropriate,
may conduct review for any real apparent conflicts
interest with the duties the Secretary State.
But inspection the Examiner and Judicial Watch
donations the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clintons
personal financial disclosure forms, and the State
Department conflict-of-interest reviews show that least
$48 million flowed the Clintons personal coffers from
many entities that clearly had interests influencing the
Obama administration and perhaps currying favor with future president well.
Saudi Arabia, for example, was key Clinton benefactor.
The oil-producing giant has had relationship with the
Clintons dating back Bill Clintons time governor
Arkansas. 1992, while running for president, then-Gov. Clinton
secured $3.5 million Saudi donation for Middle East
studies program the University Arkansas. few weeks after Clinton was inaugurated president, the
Saudis kicked another $20 million. Both deals were
brokered close Clinton friend, David Edwards.
Overall, the Clinton Foundation has received staggering
sums from Saudi benefactors between $18 million and
$50 million. (The foundations donations are reported
ranges, not specific numbers.)
While Hillary Clinton served secretary state, Bill
Clinton gave two speeches Saudi Arabia, earning
total $600,000. January 2011, for example, Bill Clinton spoke
global business forum Riyadh founded the Saudi
Investment Authority and sponsored the Dabbagh
Group, commercial colossus with close ties the Saudi
royal family.
His fee for the speech: $300,000.
During Hillary Clintons time the State Department,
Bill Clinton also gave four speeches the United Arab
Emirates, earning $1.1 million. For two speeches
Egypt, earned $425,000.
DAE-linked entities also have donated least $2.
$11.5 million the Clinton Foundation, and Egyptian
entities have donated least $250,000 $750,000.
While the State Department did not object Bill
Clintons speeches the Arab world anywhere else did tum down proposed consultancy with
longtime Clinton friend and supporter, the IsraeliAmerican media mogul Haim Saban. turning down the consultancy, February 2009 State
Department memo noted that Saban actively involved foreign affairs issues, particularly with regards the
Middle East, which priority area for the secretary.
The consultancy with Teneo and Band, the longtime
Clinton adviser, was outlined June 2011 memo from
Band himself, writing behalf President Clinton, State Department legal adviser. Bill Clinton would
advise Teneo geopolitical, economic and social
trends.
Band requested response within business days.
got seven. Please advised that have
objection, the State Department wrote.
Bill Clinton also was active China, was Hillary
Clinton, who championed the notion pivot toward
Asia during her time secretary state. the period after Hillary Clinton signed the ethics
agreement, Bill Clinton gave four speeches China
Chinese-sponsored entities the U.S., earning $1.7
million. comparison, between 2001 through 2007 -just after left office, when former president normally most demand gave seven speeches China, earning
$1.4 million.
Groups with interests China also donated between
$750,000 and $1.75 million, minimum, the Clinton
Foundation.
Taiwan took interest Bill Clinton well.
November 2010, spoke global warming and social
inequality Taipei event sponsored Singaporebased UNI Strategic. His fee? $400,000.
The Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office donated close million the Clinton Foundation, and the Taiwan
Mobile Foundation and semiconductor manufacturer
also contributed.
Turkish sponsors paid Bill Clinton million for three
speeches, including one Arab stock exchange. Russia, Bill Clinton gave two speeches for $625,000.
One was the Russian investment bank, Renaissance
Capital, 2010 event titled Russia and the
Commonwealth Independent States: Going Global.
The State Department background memo described the
bank focused the emerging markets Russia,
Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Russian Standard Bank also donated the
foundation. India, Bill Clinton collected $300,000 for two
speeches. also gave speeches Indian companies and
the Federation Indian Chambers Commerce
Toronto, New Jersey and Disney World. one, conference business process
outsourcing/off-shoring, hosted outsourcing firm,
the discussion centered around the benefits and
disadvantages outsourcing IT, according State
Department document. Panama, Bill Clinton earned $325,000 for one speech.
And the Cayman Islands notorious offshore
money haven $225,000 for speech, noted State
Department document, ticketed event that will target
the business community Grand Cayman.
And then Judicial Watch FOIA litigation, particular key FOIA lawsuit about the Benghazi terrorist attack,
uncovered the Clinton email system and tens thousands
Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin emails that were hidden
rather than searched required under FOIA, congressional
subpoenas, and federal investigators. federal court noted last week opinion granting
Judicial Watch additional discovery, this Clinton email issue
was one the gravest modem offenses government
transparency.
After its lawsuits forced the disclosure the Clinton email
server, another Judicial Watch lawsuit broke open what now
known the Clinton Foundation pay play scandal.
Emails uncovered Judicial Watch demonstrate that Clinton
Foundation donors and supporters received special favors and
consideration from the Clinton State Department.
These headline-making disclosures began August 2016 and
include documents showing that April 2009 controversial
Clinton Foundation official Doug Band pushed for job for
associate. the email Band tells Hillary Clintons former
aides the State Department, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin,
that important take care [Redacted]. Band
reassured Abedin that Personnel has been sending him
options. Band was co-founder Teneo Strategy with Bill
Clinton and top official the Clinton Foundation, including
its Clinton Global Initiative.
Included that document production was 2009 email
which Band directs Abedin and Mills put Lebanese-Nigerian
billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury
touch with the State Departments substance person
Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury key guy there
[Lebanon] and us, and insists that Abedin call Amb. Jeffrey
Feltman connect him Chagoury.
Chagoury close friend former President Bill Clinton
and top donor the Clinton Foundation. has appeared
near the top the Foundation donor list million
million contributor, according foundation documents
also pledged billion the Clinton Global
Initiative. According 2010 investigation PBS
Frontline Chagoury was convicted 2000 Switzerland for
laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed plea deal and
repaid $66 million the Nigerian government.
You can see that the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton State
Department almost immediately broke promises President
Obama and the Senate maintain wall separation
between the Foundation and State.
Judicial Watch has since uncovered many other instances
seeming pay-to-play and favoritism for the Clinton
Foundation the Clinton State Department.
Steve Bing/Shangri-La Entertainment: July 16,
2009 Shangri-La Entertainment executive Zachary
Schwartz asked Clinton Foundation official Doug
Band for help reversing the State Departments denial travel visa Cuba. Band sent the request Huma
Abedin, writing, please call [Schwartz] asap this
... Important. Abedin responded that she would call
him. Media reports indicate that two weeks later,
Shangri-La owner Steve Bings team was Cuba.
Bing longtime Clinton friend and donor and
listed having donated between $10 and $25 million the foundation. His construction company, ShangriLa Industries, paid Bill Clinton $2. million from 2009 2010 serve advisor.
Crown Prince Salman Bahrain: Judicial Watchobtained Huma Abedin-Doug Band email exchange
from 2009 revealed that Crown Prince Salman
Bahrain requested meeting with Secretary State
Clinton, but was forced through the Clinton
Foundation for appointment. Abedin advised Band
that when she went through normal channels
State, Clinton declined meet. After Band intervened,
however, the meeting was set within forty-eight
hours. According the Clinton Foundation website,
2005, Salman committed establishing the Crown
Princes International Scholarship Program (CPISP)
for the Clinton Global Initiative. And 2010, had
spent $32 million conjunction with CGI. The
Kingdom Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000
and $100,000 the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain
Judicial Watch press release, 9/14/17, available at: https: //www.judicialwatch.org/pressroom/press-releases /judicial-watch-new-clinton-emails-uncovered-reveal-additional-mishandlingclassified-information/
Petroleum also gave additional $25,000
$50,000.
Wolverhampton Football Club: another Judicial
Watch-obtained Abedin-Band email exchange from
May 2009, Band urged Abedin get the Clinton State
Department intervene order obtain visa for
members the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club,
one whose members was apparently having
difficulty because criminal charge. Band was
acting the behest Casey Wasserman, millionaire
Hollywood sports entertainment executive and
President the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman
had donated between million and $10 million the
Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman
Foundation.
Slimfast Founder Danny Abraham: Another JWobtained May 2009 Abedin-Band email reveals that
Slimfast tycoon Daniel Abraham was granted almost
immediate access then-Secretary State Clinton,
with Abedin serving the facilitator. According the
Clinton Foundation website, Abraham, like the
Wasserman Foundation, has given between million
and $10 million the Clinton Foundation. The emails
indicate that Abraham was granted almost immediate
access Clinton upon request.
Judicial Watch press release, 8/22/16, https: //www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/pressreleases new-abedin-emails-reveal-hillary-clinton-state-department-gave-special-access-topclinton-foundation-donors
Ibid.
Ibid.
Coal industry lobbyist Joyce Abbousie: Another JWobtained record reveals that June 2009, prominent
St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie
exchanged series insistent emails with Abedin
concerning Aboussie efforts set meeting
between Clinton and Peabody Energy Cartan
Sumner. Aboussie wrote, Huma, need your help
now intervene please. need this meeting with
Secretary Clinton, who has been there now for nearly
six months. This is, the way, first request.
really would appreciate your help this. should
without saying that the Peabody folks came Dick
[Gephardt] and because our relationship with the
Clintons. [sic] After further notes from Aboussie,
Abedin responded, are working and hope can make something work... have work
through the beauracracy [sic] here. Aboussie donated
between $100,000 and $250,000 the Clinton
Foundation.
Many have noted that was hard tell, light this
evidence, where the Clinton State Department ended and
where the Clinton Foundation began. discussed, adding the mix was the private entity Teneo,
which include Bill Clinton both adviser and client.
Incredibly, Huma Abedin managed finagle special
government employee job that allowed her work the State
Department, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation all the same
time. Judicial Watch colleague Micah Morrison
observed:
Ibid.
Partly philanthropy (the Clinton Foundation), partly
platform for post-presidential private enterprise (Bills
speeches and consulting), one time presidential
campaign-in-waiting (Hillary the State Department and
after), Clinton Inc. everywhere and nowhere. zooms
across borders-Bill Africa! Hillary
teleconferencing New York! Chelsea speaking the
Council Foreign Relations! creature the digital
age and global ambition, powered celebrity, image and
spin, relentlessly raking money. includes the Clinton
Global Initiative, glitzy stage for big money pledges
various Clinton endeavors presided over the Big Dog
himself, the Clinton Global Initiative University and the
Clinton Presidential Library Little Rock. Under the
auspices the foundation, there the Clinton
HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the
Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, the Clinton
Giustra Enterprise Partnership, the Clinton Development
Initiative, the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative,
and the Alliance for Healthier Generation. Just last
week, Chelsea emailed update the foundations Ceilings initiative. Chelsea urged donate
before midnight help familys foundation change
lives.
Then there Teneo Holdings, global consulting firm
with deep Clinton connections. Teneo serves kind
private-enterprise satellite Clinton Inc. Doug Band, Mr.
Clintons right-hand man for many years, Teneo
founder. Huma Abedin, Mrs. Clintons right-hand woman
for many years, was senior advisor Teneo the same
time she held top position part Mrs. Clintons
inner circle the State Department. Bill Clinton was
both paid adviser Teneo and client. Secretary
State Clinton former Economic Envoy Northern
Ireland, Declan Kelly, Teneo co-founder and CEO.
Then there the Uranium One controversy. Judicial Watch
continuing investigation the highly controversial
2010 Uranium One deal. the time, Russia state-owned
nuclear firm, Rosatom, sought buy Uranium One,
Canadian mining company. Because Uranium One held
licenses for percent Americas uranium production
capacity, the sale had approved the nine members
the Committee Foreign Investment the United States
(CFIUS), including Secretary State Hillary Clinton, who
assented the transaction. Uranium One interests contributed
more than $140 million the Clinton Foundation. January 2008, Judicial Watch took special note that Bill
Clinton had helped Vancouver mining mogul Frank Giustra
secure tens millions dollars worth uranium. Guistra
built company that became part Uranium One. The
Clinton Foundation later received $31.3 million donation,
well future pledge $100 million. discussed above, Judicial Watch released more than
200 Clinton conflict-of interest documents 2014, including
record speech Moscow June 2010 sponsored the
investment bank Renaissance Capital Bill Clinton
addressing the theme Russia and the Commonwealth
Independent States: Going Global. The document notes that
Renaissance Capital investment bank focused the
emerging markets Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and sub15
Saharan Africa. Renaissance Capital has also been linked
Russia efforts gain control Uranium One.
According 2013 New York Times report, the Clinton
Foundation hid many the beneficiaries the Uranium One
deal approved CFIUS and Mrs. Clinton: the Russians gradually assumed control Uranium
One three separate transactions from 2009 2013
Canadian records show, flow cash made its way
the Clinton Foundation.
Uranium Ones chairman used his family foundation
make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those
contributions were not publicly disclosed the Clintons,
despite agreement Mrs. Clinton struck with the Obama
White House publicly identify all donors. Other people
with ties the company made donations well.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention acquire majority stake Uranium One, Mr. Clinton
received $500,000 for Moscow speech from Russian
investment bank [Renaissance Capital] with links the
Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock. the time, both Rosatom and the United States
government made promises intended ease concerns
about ceding control the company assets the
Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken,
records show.
Prior the Uranium One deal, the FBI reportedly had
gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry
officials were engaged bribery, kickbacks, extortion and
money laundering designed grow Vladimir Putins atomic
energy business inside the United States, according
government documents and interviews.
Rather than bring immediate charges 2010, however,
the Department Justice (DOJ) continued investigating
the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving
the American public and Congress the dark about
Russian nuclear corruption U.S. soil during period
when the Obama administration made two major
decisions benefiting Putins commercial nuclear
ambitions.
***
Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the
Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton
the Committee Foreign Investment the United
States the time the Uranium One deal was approved.
Multiple current and former government officials told
The Hill they did not know whether the FBI DOJ ever
alerted committee members the criminal activity they
uncovered.
The investigation was ultimately supervised then-U.S.
Attorney Rod Rosenstein, Obama appointee who now
serves President Trumps deputy attorney general, and
then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe ...
Per usual, Judicial Watch has had sue the State and Justice
Departments federal court for basic information about the
shady Uranium One deal. seems Judicial Watch has done
more investigate the Clinton-Russia connections than the
Justice Department, even massive DOJ resources are spent supporting Robert Mueller massive investigation into the
fanciful Clinton Dossier-inspired Trump-Russia conspiracy
theory. clear, the sale went through despite the fact that the FBI
was conducting investigation into Russian influence
through the funneling money the Clinton Foundation via
lobbyists furtherance the Uranium One transaction,
according paid informant, Douglas Campbell, working
within the Russian operations, but the Uranium One sale was
approved CFIUS anyway.
The evidence ample warrant serious investigation the
Clinton Foundation. And there evidence serious
investigation the Clinton Foundation was suppressed the
Obama Justice Department. January 2016, the FBI reportedly began investigating the
Clinton Foundation, expanded from the email probe.
October 2016, FBI agents were told they did not have enough
evidence move forward with their investigation the
Foundation.
Earlier this year, DOJ Inspector General report detailed
evidence that the Obama DOJ sought shut down the FBI
investigation Clinton Foundation:
The Blaze, 1/24/18, https://www.theblaze.com/video/glenn-through-uranium-one-deal-145million-flowed-to-the-clinton-foundation-heres-how and Fox News, 2/8/18,
https: //www.foxnews.com/politics /obama-era-russian-uranium-one-deal-what-to- know
McCabe [fired former deputy director the FBI] told the
OIG that August 12, 2016, received telephone call
from PADAG [Principal Associate Deputy Attorney
General, likely Matthew Axelrod] regarding the FBI
handling the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation
(the ADAG call). McCabe said that PADAG
expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps
the Investigation during the presidential campaign.
According McCabe, pushed back, asking are you
telling that need shut down validly predicated
investigation? McCabe told that the conversation was
very dramatic and never had similar confrontation
like the PADAG call with high-level Department
official his entire FBI career.
Reportedly, senior DOJ officials refused FBI requests issue
subpoenas Clinton Foundation issues 2016. January 2018, reports surfaced that the FBI reportedly
launched new investigation into potential Clinton
Foundation pay-to-play but there has been indication
proceedin2:.
(Again, Judicial Watch suing for records the handling
the Clinton Foundation investigation.)
Ive laid out for you fact-based case for opening serious
criminal and other inquiries into the operations the Clinton
Foundation and its affiliated entities. the meantime, Judicial Watch will continue its various
independent lawsuits and investigations, behalf the
public interest, into the Clinton Foundation and the related
Clinton email scandal.
Because the Clinton Foundation issue not private
scandal. State Department scandal, FBI scandal, Justice Department scandal, foreign potentate
scandal, shady corporation scandal, and, for sure,
government transparency scandal. look forward your questions.
Thank you.