Recent Podesta WikiLeaks emails is a devastating reminder to US citizens of just what will happen if Hillary Clinton becomes president. Foreign investors will have access to her time and actions in a pay-to-play setting.
Donald Trump has mentioned this many times but in this leaked email is a window into the future.
WikiLeaks 11915 – April 2015
Re: Foreign registered agents
From:email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2015-04-17 01:38 Subject: Re: Foreign registered agents
Take the money!! Sent from my iPhone On Apr 16, 2015, at 9:44 PM,
<email@example.com> wrote: Marc made a convincing case to me this am that
these sorts of restrictions don’t really get you anything…that Obama actually
got judged MORE harshly as a result. He convinced me. So…in a complete U-turn,
I’m ok just taking the money and dealing with any attacks. Are you guys ok with that?
The email chain included Dennis Cheng, Marc Elias, Robby Mook, and others. Many in the chain were worried but final word came from Jennifer Palmieri.
At one point the discussion centered around “The policy would be to not allow any currently registered foreign agents (those who register with FARA) to contribute or raise for the campaign. If someone terminates their registration, they would be allowed to contribute or raise for the campaign.”
In other words, how to get around the ruling and still stay within bounds.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. The FARA Registration Unit of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act.
The Attorney General to report every six months to the Congress concerning the administration of FARA, as well as the nature, sources and content of informational materials disseminated and distributed by agents of foreign principals registered under the Act.
This last report filed online covers the administration and enforcement of FARA for the six months ending June 30, 2015. So Loretta Lynch has missed two reports to congress or they have not posted the reports online.
Trump made a point of saying the foreign donations through registered agents needs to be revised. I agree.
Just think how much reciprocity these foreign donors will expect during her presidency if this is a verified email document.
The missing FARA reports makes me wonder if there is a reason they have not been posted online or presented to congress.