Major Clinton Foundation Donor Under Investigation For Ties To Terrorist Group; Denied Entry Into The U.S.
Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian billionaire and major donor to the Clinton Foundation, was denied entry into the United States based on his suspected ties to Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group, Hezbollah (Hezbollah was indicted for its role in the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 and has been linked to operations in Latin America, primarily in Cuba; a fact that Hillary Clinton was made aware of).
Since the 1990’s, Chagoury has enjoyed a long-term friendship with the Clintons and donated several millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation (in 2009, he pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative). He also has been a close ally to former Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha and went so far as to try and influence U.S. policy in the dictator’s favor.
In 2013, an FBI intelligence report on Chagoury indicated that he was providing funding to Michel Aoun, a former Lebanese Army commander, who in turn gave the funds to Hezbollah (Aoun’s Lebanese political party signed a memorandum of understanding with Hezbollah in 2006), at which time the State Department was also investigating Chagoury. The State Department denied his request for a tourist visa in the summer of 2015 on the grounds that he was funding terrorism (Hezbollah); a charge Chagoury denies.
Chagoury was on the Department of Homeland Security’s no-fly list in 2010 and was subsequently pulled off a private plane and questioned for four hours. Chagoury has been added to a special list that now allows him to fly but under scrutiny.
The Clinton Foundation has come under heavy fire for its donors receiving weapons deals during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State and receiving special treatment according to several email exchanges with her and her staff.