Emails made public Tuesday show a Ukrainian businessman and major Clinton Foundation donor was invited to Hillary Clinton’s home during the final year of her diplomatic tenure, despite her spokesman’s insistence in 2014 that the donor never crossed paths with Clinton while she served as secretary of state.
Victor Pinchuk, who has given up to $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, appeared on the guest list that was sent between Dennis Cheng, an executive at the foundation, and Huma Abedin, then Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department, ahead of a June 2012 dinner. Abedin noted in a subsequent email that the gathering would be hosted in Clinton’s home.
Amid scrutiny of Clinton’s ties to Pinchuk in 2014, the Democratic nominee’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, said Pinchuk had never met with Clinton during that time. He told the New York Times that, “from Jan. 21, 2009, to Feb. 1, 2013,” the Ukrainian businessman “was never on her schedule.”
What would be newsworthy would be if these scumbags ever told the truth.
The dinner invitation was exposed in a batch of emails obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act that was made public Tuesday. The conservative group is seeking communications between a handful of Clinton’s closest aides and individuals associated with the Clinton Foundation.
Other emails released through the State Department from the collection provided by Clinton shed light on the friendly relationship Pinchuk enjoyed with Clinton’s State Department.
Why does it take Citizens United FOIA requests to unearth this information? Oh, because journalism is dead, that’s why. Meanwhile, back to April 2015, or 7,847 lies ago in Clintonworld:
Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.
Enemies will seize is the story lede, not the obvious corruption we’ve got here.
Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, 54, has courted the Clintons for at least nine years – in the United States, the Alps and Ukraine.
Earlier this year, he was confirmed as the largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation, whose aims include the creation of “economic opportunity and growth”. He also has links to the Tony Blair Foundation and represented its biggest single donor in 2013.
The fourth richest man in Ukraine, Pinchuk owns Interpipe Group, a Cyprus-incorporated manufacturer of seamless pipes used in oil and gas sectors.
Newsweek has seen declarations and documents from Ukraine that show a series of shipments from Interpipe to Iran in 2011 and 2012, including railway parts and products commonly used in the oil and gas sectors.
Among a number of high-value invoices for products related to rail or oil and gas, one shipment for $1.8m (1.7m) in May 2012 was for “seamless hot-worked steel pipes for pipelines” and destined for a city near the Caspian Sea.
Both the rail and oil and gas sectors are sanctioned by the US, which specifically prohibits any single invoice to the Iranian petrochemical industry worth more than $1m.
So the then-Secretary of State was raking in millions for her crime family slush fund from a shadowy Ukrainian who was also dealing with Iran in violations of sanctions. Yet this barely elicits yawns from the media.
At what point does the Clinton campaign simply collapse under the weight of the nonstop scandals? This vile hag hasn’t even been elected yet and we have a daily drip drip drip of scandals that would have long ago forced any Republican from the race and likely into prison. But since so many media organizations are Clinton donors, don’t hold your breath waiting for a steady diet of bad news about this corrupt woman.