Watchdog Group Shows How Leaked Emails Tell The Tale of Hillary’s ‘Middle Man’
It is becoming increasingly difficult for Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton to explain, excuse or ignore the steady drip of revelations coming from the unraveling of her unauthorized establishment of a secret email server to conduct official business while serving as President Obama’s first Secretary of State.
And now, with the release of 14,900 previously unseen emails, a clearer picture is emerging of the way Mrs. Clinton’s State Department and her Clinton Family Foundation operated a cozy and copacetic single-minded organization.
Clinton aides at State and the family foundation worked together, as one source said, “seamlessly,” sharing information and greasing the wheels for access to the Secretary.
Clinton signed an agreement, as a condition of her nomination to the cabinet-level position, to maintain a virtual “firewall” between the State Department and her family 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, but, in fact, the “wall” was more porous than impenetrable, and even Clinton herself has admitted that there is “a lot of smoke,” validating the charges that her practices created the appearance of impropriety.
The concern is that such a policy created the perception that a healthy donation to the Clinton Foundation would translate to access to the Secretary.
Such a scheme is referred to as “pay-to-play” and requires no evidence of a quid-quo-pro decision or “smoking gun” to prove corruption.
Longtime Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, who began working with the Clintons as a White House intern when she was still in college, maintained her position under Clinton at State while also working at the family foundation and another Clinton-aligned group, Teneo, drawing a salary at all three organizations simultaneously, including the one paid by U.S. taxpayers.
One name that has surfaced in the recent email dump is that of Dennis Cheng who moved from State to the foundation and has been described as the “middle” man and even the “bag man,” sharing detailed information with Abedin about VIP guests at a foundation dinner,
Cheng, who is now with the Clinton presidential campaign, was credited with building a donor base of nearly $250 million during his three years at the Clinton Foundation.
Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney, and current executive director of the nonprofit Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust reviewed the emails and described Cheng as “the bag man. He’s the one that raised the money and also kept the donors happy.”
Out of 155 meetings facilitated by the aides, more than half, 85, made significant contributions totaling $156 million to the foundation.