President Trump tweeted his dismay on Monday about the lack of attention being paid to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Obama’s secretary of state by the various investigations into supposed collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia. He tweeted: “So why aren’t the committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered Attorney General, looking into Crooked Hillary’s crimes and Russia relations?” 

According to campaign emails published by WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton opposed the human rights sanctions bill -- the Magnitsky Act -- just weeks before Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech he delivered to a Moscow-based financial firm. Earlier this month, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “If you want to talk about having relationships with Russia, I’d look no further than the Clintons.” She added, “Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, personally thanked by President Putin.”

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton denied requests from Congress to refuse visas to Russians named as violators of human rights in 2010. The Obama administration opposed the bill because officials believed it would adversely affect the “reset” in bilateral relations sought by Barack Obama with Russia. The very same Renaissance Capital executives who paid Bill Clinton the $500,000 fee for his speech on June 29, 2010, would have been barred from entering the U.S. under the law Hillary opposed.

When Bloomberg News caught wind of the timeline of events, it prepared to publish a story about Clinton’s opposition to sanctions. However, after her campaign team interceded with Bloomberg, the story was spiked and disappeared. In a May 21, 2015 email leaked by WikiLeaks, Jesse Lehrich of the Rapid Response Communications team for Hillary For America wrote “With the help of the research team, we killed a Bloomberg story trying to link HRC’s opposition to the Magnitsky bill to a $500,000 speech that WJC [Bill Clinton] gave in Moscow.”

On July 18, Fox News show host Sean Hannity said, "If we're going to have equal justice under the law: re-open the Hillary Clinton investigation since we know that in that particular case [former attorney general Loretta] Lynch influenced that particular investigation."

Besides a rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump labeled Rep. Adam Schiff a “sleaze.” Schiff is the ranking minority member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, who Trump wrote: “spends all of his time on television pushing the Democrat’s loss excuse!” His tweets came on the day that his son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner gave testimony in a closed-door session at the Senate about a meeting Donald Trump Jr. arranged with Russian attorney Natalia V. Veselnitskaya in June 2016. Kushner briefly also met with Veselnitskaya at that time. She was opposed to the imposition of sanctions on Russia for its human rights abuses, as was Hillary Clinton.

 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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