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Ken Silverstein is a Washington, D.C. is contributing editor for Vice Magazine, and does the column Washington Babylon for the NY Observer Newspaper and author of several books on politics and money, such as The Secret World of Oil
He just wrote an article for Harpers "Shaky Foundations: The Clintons' so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends
Below you will find very rough notes I've taken during the interview. They are very incomplete, often missing words or summarizing, not even verbatim. Please listen to the recording to get the accurate and full info.
Rob: This is a pretty serious accusation-- that the Clintons have used their foundation for crass profiteering and influence peddling.
I am totally confident in what I wrote.
The clintons love to portray all of their enemies as right wing nuts. I am a Libertarian mostly lefty and I attack all sides equally.
It's a serious accusation, but well documented.
They are taking in hundreds of millions of dollars. They promote themselves, pay their friends very lavishly.
The Clinton Foundations, under duress, had to submit four years of tax filings and a new audit. If you go through the preposterous filings submitted yesterday" it's a sham..
Rob: you say,
"If the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies do their jobs, the foundation will be closed and its current and past trustees, who include Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, will be indicted. That's because their so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich Clinton family friends." And you say, "It's beyond dispute."
Ken: why did a huge foundation use a tiny accounting firm-- a Little Rock--based accounting firm called BKD,
You can look at so many aspects of the Clinton foundation and realize it's a fraud. But I focused on. the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnershi in Canada.
Rob: in your article you make it clear that it doesn't have to disclose donors, because it is not Canadian law, as it is, in the US.
Ken. They received a lot of money $25 million, as much as $33 million in anonymous donors that was sent to the Clinton foundation.
The Clinton foundation is taking
middle east, members of the royal family, " and cleans it and sends it on to the Clinton Foundation in NY. They all should be indicted and imprisoned and brought to justice for tax evasion and other criminal misconduct.
Barack Obama donated his Nobel Prize winnings to the foundation, so I'm not sure he wants to "
Sidney Blumenthal-- one of Clinton cronies"
Rob: Tell us about your other article please:
Sidney Blumenthal-- was so close to Clintons that they realized he couldn't be trusted.
he is a totally immoral, unethical liar. He has been testifying under duress for the Bengazi committee. He's a smear artist.
Rob: who published this article
New York observer
There was a WSJ observer John Fund-- Blumenthal was accused with wife beating. He became obsessed with finding out who wrote it. He discovered it was John Fund. He obtained accurate info that Fund had an affair with a mother and then her daughter. Blumenthal went out spread information that was even worse. Went out and had an affair with the daughter, who was mentally unstable.
Mother-- Melinda Pillsbury Foster
According to the mother, he, Blumenthal, offered to help the daughter get a lawyer to bring a case against John Fund. He took advantage of a young, unstable woman"
I really detest the Clintons, but I have equal contempt for the Bushes. I'm not voting.
Rob: Melinda has written for Opednews and she's mentioned John Fund to me. And then, I met John Fund briefly at CPAC. But tell me, what was the title of the article.
Ken: Who is Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton's closest Advisor
Blumenthal could never be confirmed for any position that requires congressional approval. But there are 2000 jobs that do not require approval.
Rob: You write, "One money-laundering expert and former intelligence officer based in the Middle East who had access to the foundation's confidential banking information told me that members of royal families in Middle Eastern countries, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, have donated money to the CGEP that has then been sluiced through to the Clinton Foundation." What are the implications. Why are they giving them money?
Ken: If members of the UAE wants to give money, they should do it openly. Saudi Arabia gives it openly. If they take money like that, who are they hiding? Why are they giving money through the Canadian org?
They started the foundation in 2001 and didn't reveal any donor until 2008.
Rob: You say, "Equatorial Guinea, one of the most brutal and crooked dictatorships in the world, doesn't give to the Clinton Foundation in New York because it's too embarrassing, they give the money anonymously in Canada and that buys them political protection in the United States." What kind of protection?
Rob: Did HIllary use her position as secretary of state?
Bill Clinton gets paid enormous amounts of money to give 30 minute speeches around the world. If you match up Hillary's itinerary as Sec of state with Bill's speaking there are stunning correlations.
Alvaro Oribe Chilean President
Rob: How many examples of this have you been able to identify?
If you're the Bengazi committee, the DOJ or the IRS, you have the power of subpoena" get the records and piece it together.
basically my article" you hope that people who actually have power in the govt will say, "enough is enough." that it will focus the attention of people who have power to pull the records.
Ken's call is disconnected. I mention:
He's written that the Canadian organization says it"has never received funding from any members of any royal family from any countries around the world.doesn't take money from foreign governments."
"in countries like Equatorial Guinea and Kuwait, there is no difference between government money and private money. You can call it private money but it's stolen from the government and when these individuals donate they gain protection for their governments."
Rob: you write that the CLinton Foundation has received over a billion in donations in different forms.
Rob: What's your worse fear of what came of the money laundering in terms of Hillary as Secretary of State
Donors got favors from Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
She allowed people to remain anonymous who are so dirty that they can't even show their face in public.
She allowed corrupt foreign influence " as Secretary of State.
Rob: What kind of response have you had?
Rob: and why haven't charges been brought against the Clintons?
I believe they're investigating but there's not enough public outrage"
The more people who speak up, the harder it is for the Obama administration to do nothing.
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