Trust is always a topic of debate between presidential candidates, and this time is no different. Ultimately, people will often pick a candidate simply because they trust one more than the other.
Good news for Trump?
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a perception problem. People don’t trust her, and it’s not like she’s given them any good reason. Besides disclosed emails claiming the DNC rigged the nomination process so Clinton could beat Bernie Sanders, there’s also the matter of numerous donors to the Clinton Foundation that have yet to be disclosed despite assurances by Clinton to the Obama administration that she would.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential run is prompting new scrutiny of the Clintons’ financial and charitable affairs—something that’s already proved problematic for the Democratic frontrunner, given how closely these two worlds overlap. Last week, the New York Times examined Bill Clinton’s relationship with a Canadian mining financier, Frank Giustra, who has donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and sits on its board. Clinton, the story suggests, helped Giustra’s company secure a lucrative uranium-mining deal in Kazakhstan and in return received “a flow of cash” to the Clinton Foundation, including previously undisclosed donations from the company’s chairman totaling $2.35 million.
Giustra strenuously objects to how he was portrayed. “It’s frustrating,” he says. And because the donations came in through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP)—a Canadian affiliate of the Clinton Foundation he established with the former president—he feels doubly implicated by the insinuation of a dark alliance.
“We’re not trying to hide anything,” he says. There are in fact 1,100 undisclosed donors to the Clinton Foundation, Giustra says, most of them non-U.S. residents who donated to CGEP. “All of the money that was raised by CGEP flowed through to the Clinton Foundation—every penny—and went to the [charitable] initiatives we identified,” he says.
The reason this is a politically explosive revelation is because the Clinton Foundation promised to disclose its donors as a condition of Hillary Clinton becoming secretary of state. Shortly after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the Clinton Foundation signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the Obama White House agreeing to reveal its contributors every year. The agreement stipulates that the “Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative” (as the charity was then known) is part of the Clinton Foundation and must follow “the same protocols.”
For many voters, the failure, coupled with the suspect behavior of donors managing to land lucrative deals with the assistance of then-Secretary Clinton may be more than they can take.
Of course, we’re still trying to figure out why the foundation of an American secretary of state was helping a Canadian company land business deals in other countries rather than helping American businesses.
Or do American businesses not matter nearly as much as being a “global citizen”?
Read the Memorandum of Understanding, courtesy of Judicial Watch: