Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post may be the liberal paper of record in the nation’s capital, but that didn’t keep the editorial board from criticizing Hillary Clinton for failing to establish an impenetrable ethical wall between herself and the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state:

“IN ANOTHER election year with an opponent who is not so obviously unqualified, last week’s revelations about connections between Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation would have been bigger news. Though it is an exaggeration to claim that Ms. Clinton ran her agency as a pay-to-play operation, the latest unearthed emails from the Clinton State Department nevertheless reveal that the ethical wall she was supposed to have built between herself and her family’s organization was not impermeable enough.

Two email conversations revealed by the conservative activist organization Judicial Watch show that staff on both sides of that wall were in contact. Both conversations involved Douglas J. Band, head of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009, when the emails were written, and top Clinton aides. In the most concerning, Mr. Band pressed Clinton confidantes Huma Abedin and Cheryl D. Mills to connect Gilbert Chagoury, a major Clinton Foundation donor, with a senior State Department official. Mr. Chagoury says that no meeting took place and that he just wanted to pass information about the political situation in his native Lebanon to the relevant diplomatic official.

Still, Ms. Abedin responded encouragingly to Mr. Band’s request. Ms. Clinton was not personally involved, but her top surrogates were. Offering access, even just for sharing information, is providing a favor. The Clinton Foundation, though a nonprofit organization, is a piece of the Clintons’ legacy that they care deeply about and that is essential to their high-flying lifestyle. It does not matter that Mr. Band may have been acting as a “personal aide” to former president Bill Clinton rather than as a Clinton Foundation official, as the campaign now claims. That the Clintons allowed such distinctions to become blurred is part of the problem. Ms. Abedin, in fact, worked for the Clinton Foundation while she was also working at the State Department.

The behavior depicted in the latest emails does not appear to have significantly harmed the conduct of U.S. diplomacy, distracted from Ms. Clinton’s performance or even, given the evidence available, been particularly frequent. It certainly is not enough to launch a criminal investigation. As political scandals go, this is middling, at best.

But it suggests that some donors to the Clinton Foundation may have seen their gifts as means to buy access — and it points to much bigger potential problems. Should Ms. Clinton win in November, she will bring to the Oval Office a web of connections and potential conflicts of interest, developed over decades in private, public and, in the case of her family’s philanthropic work, quasi-public activities. As secretary, she pledged to keep her official world and her family’s foundation separate, and she failed to keep them separate enough. Such sloppiness would not be acceptable in the White House.

It’s only sloppiness if you believe that Clinton planned on having an ethical wall between herself and the family foundation to begin with, which, as the emails suggest, wasn’t the case. There was, at the very least a shadow pay-for-play scheme in effect.

This type of behavior shouldn’t be acceptable in the White House and is yet another example of why Hillary Clinton would not be a trustworthy president.

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  • newsel

    Hillary Rodham Clinton fired from Watergate:
    She was 27 when fired from this job and it looks like the leopard does not change its spots.
    Flashback: Hillary Rodham Clinton (27) fired from Watergate, Why?
    “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

  • BAugustine

    NO They Do Not TRUST HER> See Clinton Cash and you will be appalled at the audacity the Clinton’s have and contempt for the AMERICAN PEOPLE! She should be in jail!

  • Ron Long

    Yeah, and Limburger Cheese doesn’t stink either. Those people worked for Hillary, and if you think that they didn’t inform her about this guy and his donations? They do not do these things without speaking to da boss

  • R Miller

    “Obviously unqualified?” Are they speaking about Barrack Hussein Obama? Never in the history of the world has any country been governed by a less qualified individual. If Trump started a community organization, maybe they would accept him like the vetted BHO!

  • hap46

    Muslim/Islamic bred Huma Abedin, Hillary’s top aide and confidant, should get the “Clinton Medal of Honor” for exemplary defense of her corrupted bosses.

  • Ron Berti

    It is reasonable to wonder if any Republican/conservative candidate would get this kind of “grace” from the Post: “it was sloppy, but not criminal”, “a criminal investigation would be an exaggeration”. Yeah, tell me that if these facts applied to, say, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz (or even Donald Trump) that they’d take this easygoing approach. I don’t think so.

  • Nancianne

    Clinton is also Unqualified to be president. However the public is so used to hearing about all her lies and improprieties that she gets away with everything. She would be TOAST if she were running against any other Republican …. Calling JOHN KASiCH to the rescue !!!!