How bad are some of the foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation?
A person who donated millions to the family nonprofits was denied entry to the United States last year — on terrorism-related charges.
In 2009, Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative and has donated $1 million to $5 million to the Clinton Foundation was denied entry because of his ties to the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Soon after the Los Angeles Times reported this latest development, the Donald Trump campaign renewed its call to have the Clinton Foundation shut down.
“The fact a major Clinton Foundation donor was denied entry into the US over ties to the terrorist group Hezbollah is deeply troubling, especially when this individual had access to top aides at Hillary Clinton’s State Department,” Trump senior communications advisor Jason Miller said Sunday in a statement.
“These revelations are yet another example of why the Clinton Foundation must be shut down and Hillary Clinton must demand the State Department immediately release her official schedules in full before the election. Voters deserve to know just how badly compromised a Hillary Clinton presidency would be,” the statement continued.
Despite Chagoury’s terrorist ties, doors to the State Department were opened for him. Douglas Band, a Bill Clinton aide, pushed for special access after Hillary Clinton became secretary of state.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
By the time Hillary Clinton became secretary of State, the relationship was strong enough for Bill Clinton’s closest aide to push for Chagoury to get access to top diplomats, and the agency began exploring a deal, still under consideration, to build a consulate on Chagoury family land in Lagos, Nigeria.
But even as those talks were underway, bureaucrats in other arms of the State Department were examining accusations that Chagoury had unsavory affiliations, stemming from his activities and friendships in Lebanon. After a review, Chagoury was refused a visa to enter the U.S. last year.
Chagoury denies the he has any relationship to Hezbollah.
The Trump team released a new video ad Sunday accusing the Clinton Foundation of being a “slush fund” that “sold access to the State Department.”
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption has been exposed again,” a voiceover in the ad says.
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