Having trashed Paul Manafort for doing it, US press ignores the Clintons’ taking millions from Ukrainian high roller

AP and the Wall Street Journal seem to be alone in covering this story. Here’s the Journal’s latest piece (from yesterday), followed by Michael Krieger’s blog-post on the Journal’s first piece, which came out in March last year.

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As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton Hosted at Dinner a Ukrainian Donor to Family Foundation

Report by AP finds Democratic candidate met with many donors to organization while at State Department

By PETER NICHOLAS

WASHINGTON—While she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton hosted a dinner involving Clinton Foundation donors, including a Ukrainian businessman who had given money to the organization and who had retained a lobbyist to arrange State Department meetings.

The dinner attended by Victor Pinchuk four years ago was mentioned in a new batch of State Department emails obtained by the conservative group Citizens United through public records requests and released on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a report Tuesday by the Associated Press based on a partial release of State Department calendars showed that at least 85 of 154 people outside government who met or spoke on the phone with Mrs. Clinton when she was secretary of state donated funds to the Clinton Foundation. The review showed the donors had collectively given up to $156 million.

A note about the dinner from a foundation official to Huma Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton’s top deputies at the State Department, described the event as a “Clinton Foundation dinner” in June 2012 at the home of the Democratic presidential nominee and included a list of guests attending.

The dinner guest list is an elite corps of Obama administration officials, Democratic donors, political consultants and foundation donors. Mr. Pinchuk is described in a short background briefing on all the guests as a “successful businessman, whose role in civic, international affairs and charitable organizations has made him a leader in Ukraine’s growing interaction with Europe and the world.”

Republican critics say the dinner is an illustration of what they describe as the overlapping interests between Clinton Foundation donors and the Clinton-led State Department. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a special prosecutor to examine dealings during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.

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Clinton Foundation’s Deep Financial Ties to Ukrainian Oligarch Who Pushed for Closer Ties to EU Revealed

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according to that foundation, which is based in Kiev, Ukraine. It was created by Mr. Pinchuk, whose fortune stems from a pipe-making company. He served two terms as an elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament and is a proponent of closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation. Several alumni are current members of the Ukrainian Parliament. Actual donations so far amount to only $1.8 million, a Pinchuk foundation spokesman said, citing the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Pinchuk foundation said its donations were intended to help to make Ukraine “a successful, free, modern country based on European values.” It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

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