Hillary For Sale Or Rent! Was Available To Donors While Secretary Of State

Hillary For Sale Or Rent! Was Available To Donors While Secretary Of State

The Associated Press has gotten a hold of Hillary Clinton’s calendar schedule for her years as Secretary of State, and while it tries to clear her of “ethical violations” in one breath, it points out that she was “available” for meetings with donors to both her political campaigns and the Clinton Foundation, along with Democrat loyalists and other special people.

"Let's see... you donated, I'll schedule your meeting..."
“Let’s see… you donated, I’ll schedule your meeting…”

The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly 100 corporate executives and long-time Clinton political and charity donors during her four years at the State Department between 2009 and 2013, records show. Those formally scheduled meetings involved heads of companies and organizations that pursued business or private interests with the Obama administration, including with the State Department while Clinton was in charge.

The AP found no evidence of legal or ethical conflicts in Clinton’s meetings in its examination of 1,294 pages from the calendars. Her sit-downs with business leaders were not unique among recent secretaries of state, who sometimes summoned corporate executives to aid in international affairs, documents show.

But the difference with Clinton’s meetings was that she was a 2008 presidential contender who was widely expected to run again in 2016. Her availability to luminaries from politics, business and charity shows the extent to which her office became a sounding board for their interests. And her ties with so many familiar faces from those intersecting worlds were complicated by their lucrative financial largess and political support over the years — even during her State Department tenure — to her campaigns, her husband’s and to her family’s foundation.

Cue the shocked faces.

And a cold hard slap.

The campaign’s response? SQUIRREL!

In its response to detailed questions from the AP, the Clinton campaign did not address the issue of the candidate’s frequent meetings with corporate and political supporters during her State Department tenure. Instead, campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said “Secretary Clinton turned over all of her work emails, 55,000 pages of them, and asked that they be released to the public. Some of that will include her schedules. We look forward to the rest of her emails being released so people can have a greater window into her work at the department.”

Um, this has nothing to do with her emails. This is her calendar. Which, as the AP notes, has some omissions.

The AP found at least a dozen differences between Clinton’s planners and calendars involving visits. A June 2010 Clinton planning schedule that the State Department released uncensored shows a 3 p.m. meeting between Clinton and her private lawyer, David Kendall. But Clinton’s formal calendar lists the 20-minute session only as “private meeting — secretary’s office,” omitting Kendall’s name.

The Clinton campaign could not explain those discrepancies but said the candidate had made a good-faith effort to be transparent by giving her work-related emails to the State Department for public release.

"I have no idea who I'm meeting with... they just show up!"
“I have no idea who I’m meeting with… they just show up!”
Well, we know that Hillary has problems with keeping her schedule straight. So maybe this is all Huma’s fault. Wouldn’t be the first time a Clinton’s ethical lapses was blamed on someone else.

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