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Wikileaks: Chelsea Clinton Used Foundation Money to Pay for Wedding

Monday, November 7th, 2016

An email sent by former President Bill Clinton’s top aide, Doug Band, and hacked by Wikileaks among the 50,000 documents stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s gmail account, complains about Chelsea Clinton using Clinton Foundation cash to pay for her wedding to Jewish investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, as well as living expenses and taxes on cash she took from her parents, the NY Post reported Sunday.

Chelsea married Mezvinsky in an interfaith ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York, on July 31, 2010. Mezvinsky is the son of former members of Congress Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and Edward Mezvinsky, and was raised in the Conservative Jewish tradition. Following their wedding, the couple lived for three years in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, then bought a condominium in the NoMad district of Manhattan for $10.5 million. They have a daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, 2, and a son, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, born June 2016. The family just moved to the Flatiron District in Midtown Manhattan.

On Jan. 4, 2012, Doug Band sent an email to Podesta, saying, “The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents…. I hope that you will speak to her and end this. Once we go down this road….”

Band, who called Chelsea a “spoiled brat kid,” also told Podesta that Chelsea had told one of the Bush twins about money transfers from the Clinton Global Initiative to the Clinton Foundation. “The bush kid then told someone else who told an operative within the republican party,” Band lamented.

JNi.Media

Wikileaks: Rahm Emanuel Also Used Private Email

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday a WikiLeaks revelation that Chicago Mayor and President Obama’s first chief of staff Rahm Emanuel used a private email account like the one used by Hillary Clinton, to communicate with government officials and politicians.

Mayor Emanuel registered his personal email domain — rahmemail.com — on May 16, 2011, the day he was sworn into office. Clinton’s email domain name was clintonemail.com.

Emanuel’s private email account was revealed in last month’s hacked Podesta emails. Then a search of Clinton emails released by the State Department showed Emanuel used his private account to communicate with Hillary when she was secretary of state.

David Israel

Wikileaks: Clinton Adviser Tanden Calls Israel Govt. “Ruthless Wingnuts”

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

This is how Team Clinton “celebrated” the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The day after the election, where Netanyahu won a surprise victory in national elections on handing him his fourth term in office and making him Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Hillary adviser/President Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden wrote John Podesta an email that said;screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-10-36-52-am

“Israel is depressing It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country,”

“Bad,” replies Podesta.

This site has already out lined Hillary Clinton’s lousy record on the Jewish State, and the lousy record of her advisers, this is just a new warning to people in America who love Israel, what the truth is about Hillary Clinton and the Jewish State.

Remember Hillary Clinton as secretary of state designed Barack Obama’s anti-Israel policies (and her VP candidate is a hero of the anti-Israel group J Street), But the two people on the email exchange, Neera Tanden and her predecessor as head of Center for American Progress (CAP) John Podesta, are more than just anti-Israel. CAP received its starter financing from George Soros and created J Street. Center for American Progress was outed as an anti-Semitic group by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

In lead up to the last election Politico published a piece about how CAP lead by the above two Clinton advisers was fighting to change the Democratic Party to the anti-Israel party. Stories by CAP bloggers had appeared in the vehemently anti-Israel fringe publication The Electronic Intifada. CAP bloggers have also accused American Jews of a dual loyalty, calling them “Israel-Firsters” The Simon Wiesenthal Center called CAP anti-Semitic.

Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly difficult in this country to take a position sympathetic to the Jewish state and in favor of the continuation of America’s historic strong alliance with Israel without being called “an Israel Firster” and charged with “dual loyalties.”

A case in point: recent attacks on the Simon Wiesenthal Center by the Center for American Progress (CAP)-associated bloggers on “the far-right Simon Wiesenthal Center, which purports to promote tolerance, [but] basically called Obama a Nazi” for saying that Israel should return to the pre-1967 borders (Ben Armbruster).

CAP blogger Eli Clifton joined Media Matters Senior Foreign Policy Fellow MJ Rosenberg in using Twitter to promote an article accusing the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance of pushing “Western groupthink that has for centuries justified wars and countless atrocities against the Arab world . . .[that’s] representative of the way many Americans feel toward Muslims and Arabs — that they are all terrorists.” Rosenberg himself has repeatedly smeared Jewish groups such the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as “Israel Firsters.”

Neena Tanden is also the co-chair of Hillary’s transition team and will help form the government if (God Forbid) she becomes POTUS. That should scare you about a Hillary foreign policy even more.

Folks you consider yourself a friend of Israel, this should be one more reason why you should vote for Donald Trump.

Jeff Dunetz

Wikileaks: Huma Abedin ‘Corrected’ Haim Saban on Scrutinizing Muslims

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

In November, 2015, after Hollywood mogul Haim Saban, whose support for Hillary Clinton is matched only by his love for his country, Israel, told Itay Hod (from Nazareth, Israel) of The Wrap that the U.S. should tighten its control of Muslims (Hollywood Mogul Haim Saban Calls for ‘More Scrutiny’ of Muslims — Exclusive), he was rebuked by a curt email from Clinton’s closest adviser, Huma Abedin, a string of recently hacked Wikileaks emails reveals.

Saban was delighted with his Wrap interview, and on Nov. 18 sent the Clinton team the link, with the comment: “Hey Guys. Read and get a kick from my statements about Bernie sanders, Rubio and Trump w/o even mentioning their name. Hope all is well.”

The interview was given in the wake of the ISIS murderous Paris attack, and Saban told Hod: “I’m not suggesting we put Muslims through some kind of a torture room to get them to admit that they are or they’re not terrorists, but I am saying we should have more scrutiny.”

Saban insisted the Paris attack, which shocked the world almost a year ago, was the ultimate game changer. “It’s a wake-up call,” he said. “I fully believe we’re in a different kind of World War III. What ISIS has proven is that they’re not only active in Syria and Iraq, but they’re active in Europe. We can’t afford the next president, basically the leader of the free world, to be an amateur that has done nothing other than missing votes, or a clown, to be making the decisions as to how to react.”

In response to her boss’ biggest fan’s proud email (By Nov. 2015, Saban had already given $2 million to Clinton’s Super PAC Priorities USA Action, and he and his wife had hosted a fundraiser that raised another $2 million) Clinton’s closest advisor wrote the following, very cold response:

“Good interview. Thanks for sharing. But what you are saying about Muslims not consistent with HRC. Are you aware of that?”

This is the stuff that keeps Jews and Israelis up at night, that cool, persistent, pro-Muslim voice that will remain, deep and poisonous, inside the president’s ear. Especially since Clinton actually sides with Haim Saban on this issue, as she articulated in September, after Ahmad Rahimi, the US citizen son of Afghan immigrants had been identified as the suspect in a string of bombing attempts in Manhattan and New Jersey:

Clinton said: “I am absolutely in favor of and have long been an advocate for tough vetting, for making sure that we don’t let people into this country — and not just people who come here to settle, but we need a better visa system. Let’s remember what happened on 9/11. These were not refugees who got into airplanes and attacked our city and our country. So let’s not get diverted and distracted by the kind of campaign rhetoric we hear coming from the other side.”

Clinton’s “tough vetting” is practically identical, by the way, to Republican candidate Donald Trump’s call for “extreme vetting.”

Huma Abedin will continue to be a major concern, should Hillary Clinton win in November (which at the moment appears like a foregone conclusion). To be fair, other than a few expressions of derision about AIPAC which rattled US Jews, rightfully so, and the unkind email to Hillary’s rich Israeli supporter from Hollywood, the media, Jewish and otherwise, have yet to catch Abedin in a scandalous anti-Israel statement, the kind that White House staff resignations are made of. All we have at the moment is innuendo, and our sleepless nights.

JNi.Media

Wikileaks: George Soros Paid $650,000 to Influence Pope Francis’ Closest Friend

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Leftist Billionaire George Soros donated $650,000 to groups lobbying American bishops in favor of “progressive” domestic policies, according to emails made public by Wikileaks. Soros used his Open Society Foundation and Faith in Public Life, two liberal organizations, to use the September 2015 visit of Pope Francis to the US to “shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.”

The group DC Leaks has released more than 2,000 documents from groups associated with Soros.

The money was donated in April 2015 and a report on the effort says successful achievements included “buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.”

“In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America,” another document states.

PICO’s website describes the group as “a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.”

The document describes Cardinal Rodriguez from Honduras as Pope Francis’ best friend. It continues: “The grant will also support FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality.”

FPL is Faith in Public Life, whose website states: “In preparation for the pope’s visit to the US, we commissioned extensive opinion research about how Catholics respond to the Pope’s prophetic messages and released the poll at the National Press Club. Throughout the trip, FPL coordinated messaging among numerous Catholic groups and did extensive media outreach.”

The Soros document concludes: “By harnessing the Papal visit to lift up the Pope’s searing critique of what he calls ‘an economy of exclusion and inequality’ and his dismissal of ‘trickle down’ theories, PICO and FPL will work to build a bridge to a larger conversation about bread-and-butter economic concerns and shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.”

JNi.Media

WikiLeaks And The Clinton Campaign

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The new WikiLeaks Democratic National Committee e-mail dump seems certain to keep alive the issues of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private server while secretary of state, the probability that her e-mails were hacked  by those acting for foreign governments, her dubious responses to investigators, her failure to provide subpoenaed documents, and the extraordinary non-prosecution pass she nevertheless received from the FBI.

Not only did the 20,000-plus e-mails sent or received by top committee officials contain information about attempts, despite committee neutrality rules, to scuttle Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the party’s presidential nomination, but they were apparently obtained through hacker penetration of the DNC computer system.

In addition, the FBI announced on Monday that it is investigating whether hackers had penetrated or tried to penetrate the e-mails of senior Clinton aides. This, despite the statement by FBI Director James B. Comey last month that there was no “direct evidence” that any foreign power had “successfully hacked” Mrs. Clinton’s computers – although there was evidence that attempts had been made and that highly skilled hackers would not have left any traces.

Among the released e-mails were some messages that describe the efforts of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to run interference for Hillary Clinton at the expense of Sen. Sanders. But what was particularly intriguing was a somewhat garbled discussion about using Mr. Sanders’s faith – or lack thereof – to dilute support for him.

The discussion went as follows in an e-mail exchange involving DNC CFO Brad Marshall, Mark Paustenbach, a DNC communications official, and Amy Lacey, DNC CEO:

Mr. Marshall initially said,

It might may [sic] no difference , but for KY [Kentucky] and WVA [West Virginia] can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.

A few minutes later, Mr. Marshall e-mails Ms. Lacey: “It’s these [sic] Jesus thing.”

Several hours afterward, Mr. Dacey responds with “Amen.”

Unclear though the exchange may be, it seems they wanted to somehow make the “Jesus thing” work for them in terms of how the “peeps” would view Sen. Sanders – preferably through the prism of his perceived atheism (for the record, he denies being an atheist) but at the very least by putting, however subtly, the issue of Sen. Sanders’s Jewishness on the table.

The possibility that Mr. Sanders’s ethnic background might become a public issue for at least some of Mr. Marshall’s “peeps” did not seem to suggest to the DNC officials involved in the e-mail exchange that perhaps they should abandon the effort.

We would think that Mrs. Clinton, with all her talk of diversity, freedom of thought, etc., would quickly condemn the very notion of attempting to capitalize on a candidate’s alleged atheism. She has yet to do so.

Editorial Board

WikiLeaks Tries to Wreck the DNC

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Following a Republican nominating convention that was marred by bizarre scheduling, leaks to Democratic operatives, chaos, and disunion, the bar for relative success at the Democratic convention the following week was set pretty low. With the wounds from the primary process appearing, at least superficially, to have healed, Democrats were set to strike a favorable contrast to the GOP with a largely uneventful coronation and a display of common purpose. That would have been an illusion. As WikiLeaks demonstrated this week with the release of a series of covertly obtained emails from the Democratic National Committee, the appearance of party unity was only ever just that: appearance.

Of the nearly 20,000 emails released by WikiLeaks, many of them contain delicate communications from seven key DNC employees. The emails contradict Democratic claims that no sensitive information was exposed by the initial hack in June—several donors’ personal information and credit card numbers were exposed by the leak. That is surely creating tensions just beneath the surface of the Democratic coalition, but one particular email communication has already ignited a full-scale scandal.

The email from a DNC staffer in mid-April, as Sanders was in the middle of a streak of primary victories, revealed how threatened the party’s brass was by the surging self-described socialist. In it, DNC CFO Brad Marshall floated the prospect of the Clinton campaign using Sanders’ faith, or lack thereof, to damage his brand among Southern Democrats.

“It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” the email read. “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”

The revelation threatens to shatter the fragile peace between Clinton backers and Sanders supporters. Marshall has already apologized for his “insensitive, emotional emails.” In a display of penance, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would not speak at her party’s nominating convention. Not good enough, said Sanders. Wasserman Schultz “should not be the chair of the DNC,” he said.

The Sanders camp is making the most of the kerfuffle by insisting that someone in the party’s central committee should be “held accountable” for the mess. To the extent that Sanders supporters are hoping to leverage their candidate’s support in the primaries to make substantial changes to the party’s platform, the appearance of bias against them will create sympathy and give them a boost.

Those are the politics of this episode, but much of that is also a contrivance. These leaked emails also have a lot of potential to backfire and, counterintuitively, create as much party unity as they destroyed.

The prospect of a ranking Democratic National Committee staffer using his perch to advise a candidate in the presidential primaries is a genuinely disturbing ethical breach. The revelation, however, that the Democratic National Committee was suspicious of a fringe candidate whose politics are well to the left of the country who was not even a member of their party until last autumn should surprise no one. The fact that a committeeman thought it was smart politics to impugn Sanders’ religious beliefs is ugly indeed. “We’re better than this,” Clinton said of the Republican nominee’s baiting and xenophobic politics. Guess not. But while these sentiments were untoward, they came to nothing and amounted to little more than an errant thought on the part of the party’s financial risk manager.

Finally, the source of these email leaks should disturb all Americans of every political stripe. These emails, laundered through WikiLeaks, were likely obtained by Russian intelligence operatives in June. “The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some Republican political action committees, U.S. officials said,” the Washington Post reported at the time. It is no coincidence that only a handful of these communications specifically related to Democrats were released on the eve of a Democratic nominating convention. This has the appearance of a foreign power directly interfering in an American election, and that’s not something to take lightly.

Today, Democrats are reliving the bitterly contested primaries, but that won’t last. The primaries are over, and the party will nominate Clinton to the presidency early next week. The candidates do not seem as inclined as their voters to refight past battles. What may have a more lasting political impact is the appearance that the Russian government is intervening in the presidential election. Rather than applaud and leverage this development, as he has, Donald Trump would be much better served by condemning it. If the Russians are set on undermining the Democratic Party in this election, it won’t be long before the public is asked to consider why that might be.

Noah Rothman

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