Stunning Emails Reveal How Clinton Foundation Donor Bought Seat As Hillary's Nuclear Weapons Advisor

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Forget Hillary's personal email server: this is what true cronyism and criminal corruption looks like, and this is the biggest threat from a Hillary presidency.

It has been widely speculated, if not proven, that donors to the Clinton Foundation who over the years have transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to the "charitable organization", bought political favors with the Clintons in exchange for their generosity. That has now been confirmed thanks to a stunning ABC report which reveals how a major foundation donor - one who previously had practically no experience on intellgience matters - mysteriously ended up as a nuclear weapons advisor to Hillary during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Worse, the person in question Rajiv K. Fernando, had been the head of a high frequency trading company, Chopper Trading (recently acquired by HFT powerhouse DRW), which may explain the unprecedented pull of the HFT lobby throughout all ranks of the US political apparatus. In other words, Fernando bought a seat to not only have advance knowledge of all US foreign policy, but to directly shape it, something he could then parlay in the forms of massive policy frontrunning profits thanks to his trading company.

In other words, the appointment qualified Fernando, a trader in the public markets, for one of the highest levels of top secret access.

Just as shocking was the aggressive retaliation with which the State Department tried to cover up the cronyism that literally "bought" Fernando's seat as one of Hillary's closest political advisors, and how - as a result of ongoing media pressure - Fernando just as mysteriously resigned only days after his appointment was announced when the State Department was unable to come up with a legitimate reason for him to stay on.

The full shocking story follows, courtesy of ABC.

Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff.

The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later.

Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act after more the two years of litigation with the government.

A prolific fundraiser for Democratic candidates and contributor to the Clinton Foundation, who later traveled with Bill Clinton on a trip to Africa, Rajiv K. Fernando’s only known qualification for a seat on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) was his technological know-how. The Chicago securities trader, who specialized in electronic investing, sat alongside an august collection of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress to advise Hillary Clinton on the use of tactical nuclear weapons and on other crucial arms control issues.

“We had no idea who he was,” one board member told ABC News.

PHOTO: A State Department photograph shows the 2011 International Security Advisory Board. Rajiv Fernando is seated on the far left of the image.

A State Department photograph shows the 2011 International Security Advisory
Board. Rajiv Fernando is seated on the far left of the image

Fernando’s lack of any known background in nuclear security caught the attention of several board members, and when ABC News first contacted the State Department in August 2011 seeking a copy of his resume, the emails show that confusion ensued among the career government officials who work with the advisory panel.

“I have spoken to [State Department official and ISAB Executive Director Richard Hartman] privately, and it appears there is much more to this story that we’re unaware of,” wrote Jamie Mannina, the press aide who fielded the ABC News request. “We must protect the Secretary’s and Under Secretary’s name, as well as the integrity of the Board. I think it’s important to get down to the bottom of this before there’s any response.

“As you can see from the attached, it’s natural to ask how he got onto the board when compared to the rest of the esteemed list of members,” Mannina wrote, referring to an attachment that was not included in the recent document release.

Fernando himself would not answer questions from ABC News in 2011 about what qualified him for a seat on the board or led to his appointment. When ABC News finally caught up with Fernando at the 2012 Democratic convention, he became upset and said he was "not at liberty" to speak about it. Security threatened to have the ABC News reporter arrested.

PHOTO: At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, ABC News Brian Ross asks Rajiv Fernando about his 2011 appointment to the State Departments International Security Advisory Board.

At the 2012 Democratic Convention, ABC News' Brian Ross asks Rajiv Fernando
about his 2011 appointment to the State Department's International Security Advisory Board.

Fernando's expertise appeared to be in the arena of high-frequency trading -- a form of computer-generated stock trading. At the time of his appointment, he headed a firm, Chopper Trading, that was a leader in that field.

Fernando's history of campaign giving dated back at least to 2003 and was prolific -- and almost exclusively to Democrats. He was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 bid for president, giving maximum contributions to her campaign, and to HillPAC, in 2007 and 2008. He also served as a fundraising bundler for Clinton, gathering more than $100,000 from others for her White House bid. After Barack Obama bested Clinton for the 2008 nomination, Fernando became a major fundraiser for the Obama campaign. Prior to his State Department appointment, Fernando had given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation, and another $30,000 to a political advocacy group, WomenCount, that indirectly helped Hillary Clinton retire her lingering 2008 campaign debts by renting her campaign email list.

The appointment qualified Fernando for one of the highest levels of top secret access, the emails show. Among those with whom Fernando served on the International Security Advisory Board was David A. Kay, the former head of the Iraq Survey Group and United Nations Chief Weapons Inspector; Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, a former National Security Advisor to two presidents; two former congressmen; and former Sen. Chuck Robb. William Perry, the former Secretary of Defense, chaired the panel.

“It is certainly a serious, knowledgeable and experienced group of experts,” said Bruce Blair, a Princeton professor whose principal research covers the technical and policy steps on the path toward the verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons. “Much of the focus has been on questions of nuclear stability and the risks of nuclear weapons use by Russia and Pakistan.”

The newly released emails reveal that after ABC News started asking questions in August 2011, a State Department official who worked with the advisory board couldn’t immediately come up with a justification for Fernando serving on the panel. His and other emails make repeated references to “S”; ABC News has been told this is a common way to refer to the Secretary of State.

“The true answer is simply that S staff (Cheryl Mills) added him,” wrote Wade Boese, who was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, in an email to Mannina, the press aide. “Raj was not on the list sent to S; he was added at their insistence.”

 Mills, a former deputy White House counsel, was serving as Clinton’s chief of staff at the time, and has been a longtime legal and political advisor.

Four minutes later, Boese wrote to his boss, Richard Hartman, to alert him that Ellen Tauscher, who was then the Undersecretary for State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, would be meeting with Mills to devise a response to the ABC News request.

“Sorry this has become a headache,” he wrote.

Hartman wrote the next morning to say he would “come up and brief you... about where Raj Fernando stands and the ABC News investigative journalist inquiries. You do need to hear about it.” Separately, in an email to another official, Hartman noted that it was "Cheryl Mills, who added Mr. Fernando’s name to the list of ISAB nominees."

When ABC News sent a follow-up inquiry about the qualifications of another board appointee, Massachusetts state Rep. Harold P. Naughton, Jr., Boese wrote to Hartman to say the department would have a far easier time explaining Naughton’s credentials. “The case for Rep. Naughton is an easy one. We are on solid ground,” he said.

By this point, Fernando himself had been looped into the discussion. He and Hartman exchanged emails, but the entire text of Fernando’s letter was redacted by the State Department prior to its release.

Twice, Mannina was instructed to stall with ABC News, before Mills sent a public statement. It announced Fernando’s abrupt decision to step down.

“Mr. Fernando chose to resign from the Board earlier this month citing additional time needed to devote to his business,” it reads, noting that membership on the board was required to be “fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory committee.”

“As President and CEO of Chopper Trading, Mr. Fernando brought a unique perspective to ISAB. He has years of experience in the private sector in implementing sophisticated risk management tools, information technology and international finance,” the statement says.

The statement was emailed to ABC News two days after Fernando’s resignation and four days after the initial ABC News inquiry.

Fernando’s letter of resignation to Clinton says he “intended to devote a substantial amount of time to the work of ISAB in furtherance of its objectives. However, the unique, unexpected, and excessive volatility in the international markets these last few weeks and months require[d him] to focus [his] energy on the operations of [his] company.”

Additional emails collected from Hillary Clinton’s personal server only hint at her possible involvement in Fernando’s selection to the board. The records request for documents about Fernando’s appointment produced a chain of correspondence from 2010 with the subject line “ISAB” -- or International Security Advisory Board. In those, Mills writes, “The secretary had two other names she wanted looked at.” The names are redacted. Mills then forwarded the response to “H,” which is the designation for Clinton’s personal account. Three minutes later Clinton forwards the email chain to another State official and says simply, “Pls print.”

The Clinton campaign declined requests from ABC News to make Mills available for an interview. Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill deferred to the U.S. State Department, which issued a statement saying the board’s charter specifically calls for a membership that reflects “a balance of backgrounds and points of view. Furthermore, it is not unusual for the State Department Chief of Staff to be involved in personnel matters.”

Cheryl Mills, former State Department chief of staff under former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, attends a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing in Washington, Oct. 22, 2015

Fernando did not respond to messages left by ABC News at home and mobile numbers listed for Fernando, nor to a letter left at the office of his current business.

As is customary with a new administration, the make-up of the board changed substantially when Clinton took over the State Department, according to Amb. James Woolsey, who served on the panel from 2006 to 2009. But the seriousness of its mission remained the same.

He said the board’s primary purpose was to gather an array of experts on nuclear weapons and arms control to constantly assess and update the nation’s nuclear strategy.

Most things that involve nuclear weapons and nuclear strategy are dealt with at a pretty sensitive basis -- top secret,” he said, noting that participants meet in a secure facility and are restricted in what materials they can discuss.

That is not typically the realm of political donors, Woolsey said. Though, he added, it would not be impossible for someone lacking a security background to make a contribution to the panel. “It would depend on how smart and dedicated this person was... I would think you would have to devote some real time to getting up to speed,” he said.

Fernando is now a board member of a private group called the American Security Project, which describes itself as “a nonpartisan organization created to educate the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in the 21st Century.” He also identifies himself online as a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and says he's involved with a Washington think tank.

And he continued to donate to Democrats, and to Clinton. He emerged as one of the first “bundlers” to raise money for Clinton’s 2016 bid. And in July 2015, he hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at his Chicago home. Fernando has also continued to donate to the Clinton Foundation. He now is listed on the charity’s website as having given between $1 million and $5 million.

About six months after Fernando resigned from the State Department advisory board, he was invited to attend a White House State Dinner, honoring the British Prime Minister. And this summer Fernando will serve as a super delegate at the Democratic National Convention. According to Chicago media reports, he has committed to supporting Clinton.

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And that, for a mere $1-$5 million sunk cost, one can buy influence, and inside information, which - in this specific case - can then be traded and generate hundreds of millions in profits, an IRR that is too big for Excel to calculate.

The punchline: with thousands of generous Clinton Foundation donating "Fernandos" waiting in the wings, it is only a matter of time before President Clinton's entire staff is comprised of people who did their math and realized that the US government is merely a means to an end: the end, of course, being to get very, very rich at the expense of the American people whom they - and Hillary - should be serving.

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The following emails were obtained by the conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act, and were provided to ABC News. ABC News has arranged the emails in chronological order. Scroll through the emails below or CLICK HERE to open them in a new window.

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Looney's picture

Hillary’s left testicle is much bigger than the other two.   ;-)


WTFRLY's picture

If they can still prop Joollery up in the White House after this, the extent of Zion's influence will be clear.

froze25's picture

Keep it coming white hats in the Gov. Do your duty. Trump 2016! [I know this is a ABC report but who do you think helped them]

corporatewhore's picture

You'll probably see this news once.  Maybe 5pm but Friday for sure so it can be forgotten by Monday.

Media is a solid phalanx of support for HRC.  Hates Trump.  So many reporters married to staff or former staff.  Inbreeding.


What's good to see is that most Americans no longer rely on big media but go straight for the truth on the web.

BaBaBouy's picture

IF SHE Gets "In", Not The USa, Butt The WHIRLD Is Pfucked ...

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I honestly don't understand why you keep attacking Hillary. Did she make some mistakes in the past? Sure, but who hasn't. Whatever she's done, Trump has done far worse - I mean for crying out loud, there's a new scandal involving Trump almost every week now, whether it's another racist or sexist remark, corruption, or lying! Do you really want this buffoon as your President? Hillary has a sensible balanced set of policies that appeal to most moderate Americans. She's not extreme, just sensible. A vote for Hillary is a vote for stability and professionalism. Hillary has extensive experience at the highest levels of politics, and has what it takes to manage this country and protect our economic recovery. A vote for Trump is a vote for chaos and disaster.

RadioFlyer's picture

While a vote for Hillary is a vote for "would you like to play thermo-nuclear warfare?"

froze25's picture

Ahh a good old "war games" ref, Hillary is a criminal. Anyone that knows and cares about this must do everything to share this information.

macholatte's picture

JMHO:  One of the big problems for Hitlary is that Barry can’t pardon her until she has at least been indicted. Maybe he can’t do anything until she is convicted. Hopefully the FBI knows this and will stall until Trump is POTUS and we have a real Attorney General who will not only prosecute the Clintons and their minions but seize all their assets. Maybe one of the lawyers can comment on this.

We shall see.

jcaz's picture

Jesus Fucking Christ......

Perimetr's picture

Hey, the guy said he knew how to take orders and push a button.

Still Losing Money's picture

yeah, why are people concerned about this when we could be working toward legalizing pot? I mean, really what is mo' important...war, starving kids or sparkin' a blunt?

Ignatius's picture

This is not just about Hitlary being a total, traitoress shitbag.  This is a story about what a big, corrupt, puss filled, chancres cock the American political system has become and how, amazingly, the neocons think it would be just great to wipe it off on the rest of the world.

froze25's picture

Nixon was pardoned before any conviction.

macholatte's picture

Dolly says Bill told her he and Hillary - who he called 'The Warden' -needed to have a baby 'so we can appear to be a normal couple'

'We need to do something serious to take attention off the Warden's lifestyle,' Bill said and Dolly suggested he sleep with Hillary

When Dolly met Hillary - May 28, 1974 -  she wore a 'misshapen, brown, dress-like thing that must have been intended to hide her lumpy body'

The garment 'stopped too soon to hide her fat ankles and her thick calves covered with black hair'            ..

'Thick brown sandals did nothing to conceal her wide feet and the hair on her toes,' Dolly said, adding that she was embarrassed and staring

Things that go bump's picture

Oh, for heaven's sake. One of the things I remember from the Clinton administration was that she was quite attractive when she was younger and that he couldn't keep his hands off her. Of course, he can hardly keep his hands off of anything in a skirt, but he certainly appeared to dote on his wife. 

MsCreant's picture

There are some very nice pictures of her when she was young. Every hetero male on here would have bedded her in that picture where she is wearing shorts and a middie top. What folks miss is that her choices have made her as ugly as she is today.

There are wife doting pics in this too.

WTFRLY's picture

Everyone loves a good times girl lol

Handful of Dust's picture

National Propaganda Radio is all over this!


Oh, wait a second; they spent the whole morning bashing Assad "The Butcher" instead.

Muh Raf's picture

When is some skilled artisan of the gun lobby going to fix the recurring problem of this woman and her dead loss 'partner'? It's time for the chickens to come home to roost.

John Kich's picture

This is Donald Trump's most shocking statement yet,

However the mainstream media isn't saying a word about it!

What are they really trying to cover up?


Sure, make her POTUS - give a neurotic menopausal power hungry criminal the launch codes for a nooclear George Bush upgraded world extinction event.

At least I live on the left coast - several days of spectacular sunsets before all the fallout from Russia and China hits the coast.

Stop letting psychopaths run government. Make it a lottery, where the winner serves a term in DC.

Make criminal offenses when holding public office a mandatory 10 years minimum hard labor no parole vacation breaking rocks.

Until then, we are doomed to failure.

Fuck the fucking thieves in public office.

shovelhead's picture

Did you sleep through biology class?

That thing is a few DECADES past menopause.

gmrpeabody's picture

Hillary may want to avoid driving through Oklahoma.., at least for a while.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Just sold your grandkids on Ebay.......for a meeting with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan........they threw in Nancy Pelosi for free.



The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) RadioFlyer Jun 10, 2016 10:31 AM

Why isn't this whore in jail?  FBI/DOJ do your damn jobs!!!!!

New World Chaos's picture

Let's hope they do their jobs after the Democratic convention.  If they don't do their jobs then, Putin will, by leaking the contents of Hillary's email server.


An indictment before the convention might lead to a last minute attempt to replace Hillary, followed by convention chaos with Bernie emerging as the victor.  Bernie would beat Trump in November.

Clashfan's picture

Funny to see all of these fanciful ZH predictions. 
Hitlery will be our next prez. Mark my words. Hope I'm wrong.
But "toldja so" time will come.

Panopticon's picture

You're disgusting. I see you here every single day shilling for democrats. What's the worst thing trump has done? His most uncouth comments are absolutely harmless compared to the corruption Hillary exhibits. For what it's worth, I'm black, and I don't see that Trump has said anything particularly racist. Rather the media just says he is racist. However, letting a trader purchase a nuclear advisor position is pure CORRUPTION. Hillary transferring uranium to Russia is CORRUPTION. Trump university might look bad but it's literally nothing compared to Hillary's wholesale prostitution of the nation to foreign and corporate powers who don't have our best interests at heart.

replaceme's picture

MDB is messing with you - he ALWAYS takes the absurd position, it's parody Really, Think of him as a Turing experiment, trying to convince you he's a serious, knee-jerk lib. It's not real.

Beowulf55's picture

I feel your pain, but don't feed the troll.

Claire Voyant's picture

Did you get your million dollar bonus from Hillary?

A vote for Hillary is a vote for stability and professionalism?  You must have an IQ of 50, or it's your bonus speaking.


Bill of Rights's picture

Hey Stupid, those are not scandals, that called SPEAKING YOUR MIND! don't like it asshole you have the freedom to not listen to it...fucking dope.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) MillionDollarBonus_ Jun 10, 2016 11:16 AM

Trump racist.

The judge in the Trump U case is a member of La Raza and his group of La Raza founder called for all Whites to leave California.

The judge is not in one Mexican group, he is in 4 and zero American groups.

He should be removed from the bench.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

apaprently its a different 'la raza' thing - for lawyers...  not otherwise disagreeing with you though.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

La Raza --> Tabula Rasa.

Just Do It

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) MillionDollarBonus_ Jun 10, 2016 11:22 AM


lasvegaspersona's picture


I hear (and fell you brah) but Hillary's ankles absolutely disqualify her from being prez...look it up. it is in the Constitution!

InflammatoryResponse's picture



it is kinda cute how retarded you seem to be.  think about it.  trump's bluster is stage craft pure and simple.  honestly people wouldn't do business with him if he acted first and thought weeks later.


bookofenoch's picture

Good one, MDB.  Keep it coming! 

Hillary, the sensible candidate.  Bwahahaahahaha...


worbsid's picture

MDB:  If you were not created by Tyler to let us know what the freaks on the other side think, I would be surprised.  Accused of racism and sexism, compared to security breaches, fraud, money laundering, probable murder and selling the US down the river; I'll take the former thank you.  

Dick Buttkiss's picture

Not your best satire, MDB, as both are votes for "chaos and disaster."

HillaryC's picture

Dear Mr. Million Dollar Bonus,

I'm not sure how you got your *head* so far up my ass.

However, if you don't *stop* i'll be forced to beat you with your wet noodle until you comply with a cease and desist or restraining order I'm having Cheryl pen at this very moment.


Hillary Rodham Clinton

RAT005's picture

MDB, first time maybe I can see the <S>. That's intense.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BaBaBouy Jun 10, 2016 10:18 AM
Canada’s Supreme Court Legalizes Some Sex Acts with Animals

So Liberals follow Germany where they have animal brothels.

Our jobs as human beings is to protect these guys.


froze25's picture

If the power grid were to go down in a carrington event like situation the Left would be dead in a month. The Conservatives/Libertarians/Republicans (not RINOS) will march on. The left is so retarded they make fun of people that prepare for the worst, plan for the future and reproduce. The world will not miss them.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Not one out of Americas's 43 Presidents has been a woman, and look at the disasters the world has had to endure! It's time for a change people. We need a woman in office. If the world was run by women, there would be no more war or conflict, no more economic crashes, and no more poverty! Men have had their chance, and have failed miserably, now it's women's turn to run things.