Clinton Foundation received $50,000-$100,000 in donations from FIFA

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FIFA’s corruption scandal has cast its shadow over the Clintons. It has emerged that the Clinton Foundation received at least $50,000 and as much as $100,000 from the football governing body.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, in charge of the country’s successful World Cup bid, also gave the organization between $250,000 and $500,000; Qatar itself donated between $1 million and $5 million.

The Clinton Foundation disclosed the donations on their website, adding that the Supreme Committee’s money was for “research and development for sustainable infrastructure at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to improve food security in Qatar, the Middle East, and other arid and water-stressed regions throughout the world.” It is unclear what FIFA’s donation was for.

FIFA officials were arrested at a five-star Swiss hotel Wednesday and taken out in handcuffs as part of an FBI probe into kick-backs and bribes in the sport. The US Department of Justice also announced charges against nine FIFA officials and five other corporate executives on allegations of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

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The Clinton Foundation has not yet commented on the FIFA donation, or whether any of the money will be returned.

The Foundation has been under fire recently over its donors as Hillary Clinton announced its Democratic nomination bid. Bill Clinton has said repeatedly the organization has done nothing “knowingly inappropriate” in taking foreign donations, adding in an interview to NBC: “I don’t think there is anything sinister about trying to get wealthy people and countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up.”

Bill Clinton was also honorary chairman for the US committee which lost the bid to host the 2022 World Cup. He reportedly shattered a mirror after the bid went to Qatar.

Limbaugh Rails Against DOJ: Why Go After FIFA And Let Clintons ‘Off The Hook?’ [AUDIO]

BY AL WEAVER

In the wake of the arrest of several top FIFA officials, Rush Limbaugh questioned Wednesday why the Department of Justice is going after FIFA and letting the Clintons “off the hook.”

Initially, Limbaugh equated the FIFA official’s actions to their likeminded comrades at the Olympic committee, pointing to the alleged “bribery and payoffs” going on. The radio host went on to tie the Clintons into the ongoing mess.

“I mean, it was obviously graft and fraud and payoffs from the get-go. This is what these types of guys have been known for. It’s like the Olympic committee. You know, you read what FIFA did, setting up what happened in the World Cup in Brazil and you swear you’re reading about the Olympics and the way they assign — I mean, you can’t tell me that bribery and payoffs are not going on,” Limbaugh said. “The Clinton Crime Family Foundation is evidence of what goes on around the world and how the Clintons think you have to deal with it.”

“But I’m not joking about this. I mean, if you’re gonna investigate these FIFA guys, how do you let the Clinton Foundation off the hook?” Limbaugh wondered. “They’re selling influence. ”

The conservative radio host went on to point out connections emerging between FIFA and the Clinton Foundation, who received between $50,000 and $100,000 from the football governing body.

“Now, what in the world is FIFA doing donating to the Clintons?” Limbaugh asked. “Now, remember, this is the Obama Justice Department telling us that FIFA is nothing but rife corruption and graft and theft and fraud, and they’re in business with the Clintons. Why is FIFA giving money to the Clintons? Is Hillary known for playing soccer or loving soccer?  Is Bill known for loving soccer?  It’s clear, the FIFA guys — this is how they do business.”

2 Of Hillary’s Libya Emails Are Missing

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CHUCK ROSS

Reporter

Sidney Blumenthal emailed Hillary Clinton at least two intelligence reports about Libya which were not included in the trove of 296 emails released by the State Department on Friday.

Clinton has claimed that in December she turned over all official government emails she sent or received from her personal account while in office. In turn, the agency has claimed it turned all Clinton emails related to Libya or Benghazi over to the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack.

But a screenshot of Blumenthal’s email inbox, which the Romanian hacker Guccifer published in March 2013, shows two reports about Libya emailed to Clinton which were not released in Friday’s batch.

Blumenthal’s hacked inbox shows that he sent a Jan. 15, 2013, report under the subject line “H: Latest Libya intel; internal discussions” and another on Jan. 26 with the subject line “H: Libya security latest.”

The State Department release — which was published on the agency’s Freedom of Information Act portal — does not include those two reports. It does, however, include some 20 other intelligence reports Blumenthal sent Clinton about Libya and Benghazi between March 2, 2011. and Dec. 18, 2012.

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The discrepancy suggests that the system that Clinton and the State Department have in place to account for her emails failed in some regard. It also raises questions over whether other emails are unaccounted for.

Clinton and her team made the unilateral determination about which emails counted as official government records. The State Department had no oversight in the process and likely will not in the future. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, denied the Benghazi Committee’s request to inspect a private server Clinton used to maintain the personal email account. Kendall told the committee that the server has been wiped clean.

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Blumenthal, a former journalist turned Clinton crony, routinely sent Clinton reports based on intelligence gathered from his own sources. Clinton’s emails show she regularly forwarded the reports to aides to have them circulated to other State Department officials or to print them off for later reading.

Blumenthal’s hacked inbox shows other intelligence reports sent to Clinton’s email account — HDR22@clintonemail.com — but it is unclear from their titles if they contain material related to Benghazi or Libya.

It also remains to be seen whether those other reports are included in the 55,000 pages of emails Clinton turned over to State. The agency will likely turn those emails over sometime later this year.

The discrepancy has at least three possible explanations: Clinton purposely hid the two reports; she overlooked the emails and failed to turn them over; the State Department has the emails in the larger batch of records provided by Clinton but for some reason failed to turn the two in question over to the Benghazi Committee.

Clinton and her team reportedly used a four-step process to decide which emails to turn over to the State Department. The team searched all Clinton emails for the period between 2007 and 2013 to some 100 State Department and other federal officials. From there, the Clinton team reportedly searched for non-obvious and idiosyncratic terms. Finally, emails were searched for references to “Benghazi” and “Libya.”

Clinton has said she turned over about half of all emails from her personal account. She claimed the others were personal messages which she “chose not to keep.”

AP: Hillary Clinton Received Now-Classified Benghazi Info on Private Email Server, Documents Show

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BY LISA LERER AND MATTHEW LEE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

WASHINGTON (AP)   – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server that has now been classified about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi.

The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack.

The information was not classified at the time the email was sent but was upgraded from “unclassified” to “secret” on Friday at the request of the FBI, according to State Department officials. They said 23 words of the Nov. 18, 2012, message were redacted from the day’s release of 296 emails totaling 896 pages to protect information that could damage foreign relations.

Because the information was not classified at the time the email was sent, no laws were violated, but Friday’s redaction shows that Clinton received sensitive information on her unsecured personal server.

No other redactions were made to the collection of Benghazi-related emails for classification reasons, the officials said. They added that the Justice Department had not raised classification concerns about the now-redacted 1 1/2 lines when the documents were turned over to the special House committee looking into the Benghazi attack in February. The committee retains a complete copy of the email, the officials said.

It is at the end of a chain of communication that originated with Bill Roebuck, the then-director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs, that pointed out that Libyan police had arrested several people who might have connections to the attack. The redacted portion appears to relate to who provided the information about the alleged suspects to the Libyans. A total of five lines related to the source of the information were affected, but only the 23 words were deleted because the FBI deemed them to be classified.