Wednesday, the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the Clinton Foundation proper, held its final meeting.
Former President Bill Clinton said "CGI worked out better than I ever dreamed thanks to you," and called his work with the foundation "one of the greatest honors of my life," reports The Washington Examiner.
The Clinton Foundation has been an anchor around Hillary Clinton's neck during her run for the presidency. Allegations of pay-for-play schemes and dubious donations have dogged the charity for years, which is part of the reason Mr. Clinton is closing up shop.
The Clinton Foundation has accepted large sums of money from nations like Saudi Arabia that oppress women and execute homosexuals.
According to Politifact, though exact numbers aren't provided, Saudi Arabia has given the Clinton Foundation between $10 million - $25 million. Additionally, Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi has given between $5 million - $10 million.
The Clinton Foundation has also accepted donations from Qatar, Oman, Brunei, Algeria, UAE, and Kuwait. In all six nations, homosexual acts are punishable by law. Moreover, it's nearly impossible to tell if those donations have led to access.
National Security Analyst Patrick Poole told the Daily Caller News Foundation: "These regimes are buying access. You’ve got the Saudis. You’ve got the Kuwaitis, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. There are massive conflicts of interest. It’s beyond comprehension."
There are numerous Clinton Foundation stories. One of the most peculiar is that of Rajiv K. Fernando.
In 2011, Rajiv K. Fernando was added to the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB).
According to the State Department:
[The] International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) provides the Department with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy … Board members are national security experts with scientific, military, diplomatic, and political backgrounds.
Fernando was not a security expert, nor was he familiar with arms control or disarmament. He was a securities trader, and CEO of Chopper Trading.
Oh, and a Clinton Foundation donor.
ABC News reports that Fernando was a major Clinton backer from the beginning, supporting Hillary's run for the White House in 2008, and acting as a "fundraising bundler for Clinton, gathering more than $100,000 from others..."
After Clinton lost to Obama, Fernando gave "between $100,000 and $250,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation, and another $30,000 to a political advocacy group, WomenCount, that indirectly helped Hillary Clinton retire her lingering 2008 campaign debts..."
Then in 2011, Fernando was appointed to ISAB.
When ABC inquired as to why a man with not a modicum of national security expertise was on ISAB, making him privy to confidential material, State Department officials scrambled, leading to a flurry of emails among officials.
The Wall Street Journal reports: "The 2011 emails reveal that the State Department knew it had a problem on its hands. 'We must protect the Secretary’s and Under Secretary’s name,' the press aide warned."
Hillary Clinton's then-Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills ended up taking the hit. ABC obtained copies of emails in which various officials attribute the addition of Fernando's name to the "potential ISAB appointees" list to Mills.
Within four days of ABC's inquiry, Mills released a statement saying Fernando had stepped down from ISAB.
justification statement reads in part:
Mr. Fernando chose to resign from the Board earlier this month citing additional time needed to devote to his business...As President and CEO of Chopper Trading, Mr. Fernando brought a unique perspective to ISAB. He has years of experience in the private sector in implementing sophisticated risk management tools, information technology and international finance.
No emails or other sources have linked Hillary Clinton directly to the peculiar story of Rajiv K. Fernando.