GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, said “Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state.” Politico,
“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement…
Gowdy said that Clinton’s response to the subpoena means he and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will now contemplate new legal actions against Clinton.
“After seeking and receiving a two week extension from the Committee, Secretary Clinton failed to provide a single new document to the subpoena issued by the Committee and refused to provide her private server to the Inspector General for the State Department or any other independent arbiter for analysis,” Gowdy said.
The prospect of a Hillary Clinton’s run for the Presidency “is already yielding an almost-weekly civics lesson in the crony government that feeds the Clinton machine: mining connections to public office for private profit.” The Wall Street Journal,
The latest exhibit is a scathing report by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security into abuses of the EB-5 investor visa program. Under this program, a foreigner who invests at least $500,000 to create jobs for American citizens can be granted permanent residency along with his family.
The IG was investigating complaints by career government employees that the number two man in Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, had used his earlier position as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to favor top Democrats seeking visas for foreign investors. In each of the three instances the IG investigated, the report says that “but for Mr. Mayorkas’ intervention, the matter would have been decided differently.” …
The first is Terry McAuliffe, co-chair of Bill Clinton’s 1996 election campaign and the friend who put up $1.35 million of his own cash so the Clintons could buy the house they wanted in Chappaqua, N.Y., when they left the White House. Mr. McAuliffe was seeking help for GreenTech Automotive, an electric car company he’d help found. The issue came up during his 2013 race for Virginia Governor but didn’t stop him from winning.
The other is Tony Rodham, who was CEO of Gold Coast Funds Management, the company financing Mr. McAuliffe’s car venture. His sister was Secretary of State at the time.
While Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, her brother, Tony Rodham, “became a kind of traveling salesman in China for a politically connected green car company” with ties to Virginia Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Politico,
“When I first got involved, Tony was taking part in jaunts to China, and they would do presentations. Somebody in China did recruiting and found people who were interested and could qualify,” said former Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D-La.), who until December sat on the board of Rodham’s Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company criticized this week for using political pressure to try to speed up a federal agency’s approval of visas.
Blanco told POLITICO that while Rodham was listed as president and CEO, he appeared to have little day-to-day involvement in the firm. His principal role was recruiting investors for Gulf Coast’s main client, GreenTech Automotive, a start-up automotive company linked to Terry McAuliffe, now Virginia’s governor. Both Gulf Coast and GreenTech are owned by Virginia businessman Xiaolin Charles Wang, who brought on partners with deep Democratic Party political connections as he tried to get the business going…
Rodham, who did not respond to messages and emails sent to the firms, has said nothing publicly about an inspector general report issued this week that offers a detailed account of pressure exerted on a Department of Homeland Security official to try to speed up review of visa requests. The report says that both Rodham and McAuliffe contacted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas for help and that agency employees believed the men were getting preferential treatment because of their political ties…
Federal authorities have been examining the dealings of Rodham’s investment company for at least two years,beginning their inquiries months before McAuliffe launched a campaign for Virginia governor.
According to a long-awaited audit of Maryland’s botched health insurance exchange, “the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O’Malley‘s administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation.” The Baltimore Sun,
Though the year-long probe by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found no fraud or criminal wrongdoing, auditors said the state lacked oversight and internal controls — and they recommended that Maryland refund what the federal government paid to subsidize the cost of signing people up for coverage…
The auditors recommended that Maryland pay back the $28.4 million and then apply for the amount it is actually due.