It’s easy to understand why Senator John McCain went easy on Hillary Clinton in Benghazi hearings, feigning outrage and filling his time with a rant rather than asking questions and then giving her an opportunity to change the subject and rebut afterwards. It’s pretty clear why he made a speech on the Senate floor condemning House members who had questioned her Muslim Brotherhood linked aide, Huma Abedin’s security clearances and access to sensitive information. Clinton was showing old Johnny boy the ropes on how to pilfer and sell influence. McCain knew the value of a good education and in the realm of pay to play, the Clintons are the experts.
Four years after his failed effort to become President, in 2012, McCain turned over his “surplus” campaign funds to a new foundation, the McCain Institute for International Leadership. The funds totaled almost $9 million. Supposedly the institute was to be a legacy of some sort for the Senator, the flood of illegals apparently not being enough to remember him by. The tax-exempt non-profit is associated with Arizona State University and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom,” or so they say.
Some conservative and liberal critics alike disagree, consistent with a myriad of conflicts of interest uncovered by the Daily Caller News Foundation’s investigative group. They report that “critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive ‘Sedona Forum’ bear an uncanny resemblance to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.”
They note that the Institute has received contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire anti-American agitator George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded and run by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” It was Teneo who handled the bookings of Bill Clinton speeches at rates as high as $600,000 dollars, well above the norms. Huma Abedin also “worked for” Teneo while she was employed as Clinton’s go to gal and aide in the State Department.
Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute which McCain and his Institute have refused to explain. There’s also the matter of at least $100,000 in donations from a Moroccan state-run company tied to repeated worker abuse charges. Even without the abuse issues, it’s a foreign government, as is Saudi Arabia, both with terrorist issues and Morocco being a source of relocated “refugees” throughout Europe. What type of decisions are they having to pay for in the form of donations to the Senator’s Institute?
Another $100,000 came from the Pivotal Group, a private equity and real estate firm owned by Francis Najafi. Mr. Najafi also made a similar donation to the other Arizona Senator, Jeff Flake of $100,000 this past March for his current reelection bid. The only thing better than owning a Senator is owning more than one.
At the same time, over the last three years, the Pivotal Foundation has donated $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council, which has been a vocal advocate of the Iranian Nuclear deal. The list of what is wrong with that deal is endless, but one point that could conceivably involve the two Arizona Senators was the subverting of the Constitution in their submission to a claim by the White House that the treaty wasn’t a treaty and a negotiated reduction of the level of “approval” from the constitutional two-thirds majority to an unconstitutional, one-thirds non-passage being declared an approval. McCain was instrumental in selling the idea that it was not a treaty simply based upon the assertion by Hussein Obama that it wasn’t.
McCain learned his lessons well.
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