According to newly released documents acquired by Citizens United, Bill Clinton via the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval from his wife’s State Department to give paid speeches in two of the most repressive lands on earth: North Korea & The Democratic Republic of Congo.
The former president has made over $48 million dollars on speaking engagements since he left office but these ones are very hard to swallow. Taking money from deadly regimes in these nations to speak only brings them more press and influence to hurt their people with.
The back and forth emails give some troubling details. For the Congo speech, President Clinton would have stood to make $650,000 and the vicious dictator President Kabila would have been in attendance.
The State Department declined the President.
On North Korea, the correspondence was shorter, with the State Department instructing them to quickly decline. More troubling is that this engagement was coordinated by Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham!
he thought that a former president would ask in the first place is bizarre.
From ABC News:
ABC News has obtained State Department e-mails that shed light on Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking engagements and show he and the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval for invitations related to two of the most repressive countries in the world — North Korea and theDemocratic Republic of the Congo.
While Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, Bill Clinton earned speaking fees around the globe totaling more than $48 million — speeches that had to be vetted by the State Department to ensure there were no conflicts of interest with his wife’s work as America’s top diplomat. These newly revealed emails show speech requests that the State Department refused to approve.
The emails — which have come to light because of a public records request by the conservative group Citizens United, which sued the State Department to get the documents — show just how far Bill Clinton was willing to go to earn those lucrative fees — seeking approval for appearances with ties to two of the most brutal countries in the world.
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