OK, so last week Paul Manafort was indicted in the RussiaGate investigation, which I wrote about here in these pages and for Politico. But as it turns out, though you probably already knew or sensed this, there is at least one other other prominent political figure who has problems with foreign lobbyists and corruption: you guessed it, Hillary Clinton.
Manafort, as I have written about previously, is accused of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which is a complete joke. The law was enacted in 1938, but it’s been under-enforced or not enforced at all for ages. But guess who else might have a few issues — and far worse ones, it seems — in terms of foreign lobbyists, according to this under-appreciated Wikileaks email. That’s right: Hillary.
Before going further, a big hat tip to Charles Ortel, the brilliant researcher who has done more than anyone to expose the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play scam and who brought the Wikileaks email to my attention.
Here’s my complete, slightly edited email interview/exchange I had with him on the topic:
Charles: Worth considering this [Wikileaks email and link] in context of the campaign evolution as well as Manafort/Gates indictments.
Me: What specifically? What’s key takeaway?
Charles: This is thinking of top Clinton people about risks posed taking campaign money from bundlers who also worked with foreign principals — foreign principals (governments, parties, and companies) who likely overpay “legitimate” recipients for services who then can route portions from U.S. pockets to campaigns.