The Clinton Foundation has admitted that it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department. Clinton had promised to let the Department review new or materially increased support from foreign governments.
The Clinton Foundation claims that this did not violate Hillary’s promise because the $1 million gift did not “materially increase” Qatar’s support for the operation. Apparently, it considered $1 million just a drop in the bucket.
It was more than that. Reuters reports that, according to the Foundation’s website, Qatar’s government has directly given a total of between $1 million and $5 million over the years. Unless the Foundation is hiding something, the $1 million gift materially increased Qatar’s support.
The Clinton Foundation isn’t the only beneficiary of Qatar’s largesse. It also finances Hamas and extremist groups operating in Syria. And it has been negligent at best when it comes to cracking down on Qataris who provide funds for ISIS and like-minded jihadists.
Naturally, such a country like that, because it also looks to the U.S. as its main guarantor of security, wanted to line the pockets of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Naturally, the Clintons wanted to hide the fact that it agreed to have their pockets lined.
Qatar isn’t the only instance in which the Clintons violated Hillary’s promise. According to Reuters, at least eight other countries gave new or increased funding to the Foundation without the State Department being informed. They include Algeria, which gave for the first time in 2010. The Foundation admits, as it must, that some of these donations should have been reported.
This story is just one illustration of Clintons legendary disregard of the rules. It’s a telling illustration because the rule in question goes to the integrity of American foreign policy — a matter as to which Bill and Hillary Clinton are indifferent.