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Posted on 03/05/2006 9:25:47 PM PST by txroadkill
DUBAI DUETS Late Friday, Department of Justice lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel were attempting to determine if former President Bill Clinton had registered as an "Agent of a Foreign Principal."
Federal statute requires that anyone -- even a former President -- doing political or public affairs work on behalf of a foreign country, agency or official must register with the Department, and essentially update his status every six months. It was not clear the Clinton had done so.
If his status is less clear, here is what we do know: If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton did not know about her husband's standing with the United Arab Emirates and with Dubai World Ports, members of her Senate staff most assuredly did.
"There were enough people in the Clintons' orbit who were potentially going to be part of the deal," says an employee of a firm that does work for both Clintons. "We were pursuing work on the ports deal, and we cleared our participation with Clinton's office. We didn't want there to be a conflict."
In fact, at least two senior outside advisers to Senator Clinton were attempting to get business out of the Port Deal, and President Clinton was the go-between. Associates with the Glover Park Group, which houses just about the entire shadow staff for Hillary's run-up to a Democratic presidential bid, were attempting to get a slice of the DPW deal before the deal was made public about three weeks ago. According to current and former President Clinton staff, Hillary Clinton's Senate office was aware that Glover Park was in the running to do work on the DPW deal.
"She was also very much aware of President Clinton's financial arrangements with the UAE," says a former Bill Clinton staffer. "We're talking about more than a million dollars, some of paid out soon out after they left the White House. That income helped the Clintons buy the properties that allow them to live both in New York and Washington, D.C.. This was not an insignificant financial arrangement."
What is not clear is whether or not the junior Senator from New York was aware that Clinton was acting as an agent of a foreign principal, which Clinton clearly was. According to sources with knowledge of the deal, President Clinton was advising members of the DPW buyout team in the UAE, London and Washington before the deal hit the headlines. He encouraged them to hire a number of people working in consulting firms based in Washington with whom he had both personal and financial ties: The Cohen Group, the Albright Group, and the Glover Park Group. Other sources claim that longtime Clinton confidante and golf partner Vernon Jordan's name was also suggested as potential helpful fixer in the capital.
Much of this activity and consultation took place before the DPW deal hit the front pages of newspapers in mid-February, and about ten days before the DPW deal was to close in Great Britain.
Is there anything left in this country that the two of them didn't sale?
"the Clinton?" Does "not clear" mean that he did NOT register?
I have been going back and forth on the ports deal and hearing about Bill Clinton's involvement has added to my skepticism of it.
Double chocolate sweet .. ;)
He encouraged them to hire a number of people working in consulting firms based in Washington with whom he had both personal and financial ties: The Cohen Group, the Albright Group, and the Glover Park Group. Other sources claim that longtime Clinton confidante and golf partner Vernon Jordan's name was also suggested as potential helpful fixer in the capital.
Subterranean strata isn't a low enough depth for these scummy moneygrubbing sharks to inhabit. Whaddyawanna bet David Kendall and Sandy Burglar are in there thick somewhere??
While they are at it, how about Little Jimmy Carter. He is always spinning things for the worlds worst thugs.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), enacted in 1938 as a Congressional response to the spread of Nazi propaganda before World War II, is still on the books.
According the Department of Justice (http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fara/q_A.htm), The Act requires every agent of a foreign principal to register with the Department of Justice and file forms outlining its agreements with, income from, and expenditures on behalf of the foreign principal. These forms are public records and must be supplemented every six months.
"just about the entire shadow staff for Hillary's run-up to a Democratic presidential bid, were attempting to get a slice of the DPW deal before the deal was made public"
I hope this story grows legs.
Glover Park Group
Includes - Partners
Carter Eskew - Prior to GPG, he was Chief Strategist for the Gore 2000 presidential campaign
Joe Lockhart - He has served as Chief Spokesman for President Clinton and the Clinton Administration from 1998-2000
Howard Wolfson - rior to the DCCC, Wolfson served as Communications Director for the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000.
The Cohen Group is headed by former U.S. Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen.
The firm's Vice Chairmen are retired General and former Supreme Allied Commander Joseph Ralston and Ambassador Marc Grossman, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
The firm's Senior Counselors are:
* Lord George Robertson, Former NATO Secretary General and U.K. Defence Minister
* Admiral James Loy, Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Coast Guard Commandant
* General Paul Kern, Former Head of the Army Materiel Command and Commander of the 4th Infantry Division
The Albright Group
Madeleine K. Albright, Principal
Madeleine Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States.
Carol M. Browner, Principal
Carol Browner served as head of the United States Environmental Protection
James C. OBrien, Principal
James OBrien has more than a decade of high-level experience in U.S. foreign policy. At the Department of State he served as special presidential envoy for the Balkans and senior adviser to the Secretary
Wendy R. Sherman, Principal
Wendy Sherman has twenty-five years of public- and private-sector executive-level management experience. She has served as Counselor of the Department of State, Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on North Korea, and Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Susan L. Shirk, Senior Adviser
Susan Shirk, a professor in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego, is spending the academic year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
It appears that all the members of Bill's administration immediately upon leaving their posts went out and started trying to make money from their contacts. That is probably normal among the denizens of DC, but it seems remarkable that it was so universal in the case of members of the Clinton administration. I guess speaking tours and corporate boards weren't enough for them.
WOW.....this is amazing, GREAT stuff....
I just bet, though, that it NEVER makes the light of day on MSM!!!!
But, if it doesn't, then we know the "fix is in" for the Clintons.
this post from another thread bears repeating--
Here's the real money quote from the Dick Morris column that was posted earlier today at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1593000/posts regarding the Clintons' relationship with the UAE:
Bill is, after all, a regular in Dubai. The crown prince that is, the government contributed to his presidential library and pays him $300,000 per speech. Recently, Yucaipa, an American company that has Bill Clinton as a senior adviser and pays him a percentage of its profits, formed a partnership with the Dubai Investment Group to form DIGL Inc., a company dedicated to managing the sheiks personal investments.
If BJ is deeply involved in a "company dedicated to managing the sheiks personal investments," he and the Witch will be receiving millions of dollars of income in the following years from that very company. In other words, if she's elected President, the President of the United States will be on the Dubai payroll due to BJ's involvement in managing the sheik's personal investments. Her denunciation of the ports deal is nothing but cover for this raging, continuing conflict of interest. If the Pubbies can't take advantage of this, they can't take advantage of anything.
8 posted on 03/09/2006 5:51:31 AM PST by libstripper
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