"Meet The Grifters In Chief" - WSJ Lashes Out At Hillary Scandals

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While the majority of the mainstream media is content to suckle at the teat of the Clinton/Establishment machine - despite the tsunami of 'facts' and 'evidence' of the deep state corruption - The Wall Street Journal appears to have decided that honesty is the best policy... perhaps concerned for its reputation once this short-sighted farce is over.

First, The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel appears to have taken a stand for honest reportage in her latest op-ed, lashing out at the "griefters-in-chief" stating The Clintons don't draw lines between their 'charity' and personal enrichment.

In an election season that has been full of surprises, let’s hope the electorate understands that there is at least one thing of which it can be certain: A Hillary Clinton presidency will be built, from the ground up, on self-dealing, crony favors, and an utter disregard for the law.


This isn’t a guess. It is spelled out, in black and white, in the latest bombshell revelation from WikiLeaks. It comes in the form of a memo written in 2011 by longtime Clinton errand boy Doug Band, who for years worked simultaneously at the Clinton Foundation and at the head of his lucrative consulting business, Teneo.


It is astonishingly detailed proof that the Clintons do not draw any lines between their “charitable” work, their political activity, their government jobs or (and most important) their personal enrichment. Every other American is expected to keep these pursuits separate, as required by tax law, anticorruption law and campaign-finance law. For the Clintons, it is all one and the same—the rules be damned.


The memo came near the end of a 2011 review by law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett into Clinton Foundation practices. Chelsea Clinton had grown concerned about the audacious mixing of public and private, and the review was designed to ensure that the foundation didn’t lose its charitable tax status. Mr. Band, Teneo boss and epicenter of what he calls “ Bill Clinton, Inc.,” clearly felt under assault and was eager to brag up the ways in which his business had concurrently benefited the foundation, Clinton political causes and the Clinton bank account. The memoed result is a remarkably candid look at the sleazy inner workings of the Clinton grifters-in-chief.


The cross-pollination is flagrant, and Mr. Band gives example after example of how it works. He and his partner Declan Kelly (a Hillary Clinton fundraiser whom Mrs. Clinton rewarded by making him the State Department’s special envoy to Northern Ireland) buttered up their clients with special visits to Bill’s home and tête-à-tête golf rounds with the former president. They then “cultivated” these marks ( Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, UBS) for foundation dollars, and then again for high-dollar Bill Clinton speeches and other business payouts.




The obvious question is where are the prosecutors? (For that matter, where is Lois Lerner when you need her?) Any nonprofit lawyer in America knows the ironclad rule of keeping private enrichment away from tax-exempt activity, for the simple reason that mixing the two involves ripping off taxpayers. Every election lawyer in the country lives in fear of stepping over the lines governing fundraising and election vehicles. The Clintons recognize no lines.


Here’s the lasting takeaway: The Clintons spent their White House years explaining endless sleazy financial deals, and even capping their exit with a scandal over whether Bill was paid to pardon financier Marc Rich. They know the risks. And yet they geared up the foundation and these seedy practices even as Mrs. Clinton was making her first bid for the presidency. They continued them as she sat as secretary of state. They continue them still, as she nears the White House.


This is how the Clintons operate. They don’t change. Any one who pulls the lever for Mrs. Clinton takes responsibility for setting up the nation for all the blatant corruption that will follow.

And then The Wall Street Journal took another swing at The Cold Clinton Reality, asking "Why isn't the IRS investigating the Clinton Foundation?"

Hillary and Bill Clinton are asking for a third term in the White House, and voters who want to know what this portends should examine the 12-page memo written by a Clinton insider that was hacked and published Wednesday by WikiLeaks. This is the cold, hard reality of the Clinton political-business model.


Longtime Clinton aide Doug Band wrote the memo in 2011 to justify himself to lawyers at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett who were reviewing his role and conducting a governance review of the Clinton Foundation at the insistence of Chelsea Clinton. In an email two weeks earlier, also published on WikiLeaks, Ms. Clinton said her father had been told that Mr. Band’s firm Teneo was “hustling” business at the Clinton Global Initiative, a regular gathering of the wealthy and powerful that is ostensibly about charitable activity.


Poor innocent Chelsea. Bill and Hillary must never have told her what business they’re in. If she had known, she would never have hired a blue-chip law firm to sweep through the hallways of the Clinton Foundation searching for conflicts of interest. Instead of questioning Mr. Band’s compensation, she would have pleaded with him never to reveal the particulars of his job in writing.


But she didn’t, and so Mr. Band went ahead and described the “unorthodox nature” of his work while emphasizing his determination to help “protect the 501(c)3 status of the Foundation.” That’s the part of the tax code that has allowed the Clinton Foundation to remain tax-exempt on the premise that it is dedicated to serving humanity.


Mr. Band graciously copied John Podesta, then adviser to the board, who would eventually become Hillary’s campaign chief. His helpful reply was to suggest that Mr. Band “strip the defensive stuff out” and later “go through the details and how they have helped WJC” [ William Jefferson Clinton].


The Band memo reveals exactly what critics of the Clintons have long said: They make little distinction between the private and public aspects of their lives, between the pursuit of personal enrichment, the operation of a nonprofit, and participation in U.S. politics.


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We don’t applaud WikiLeaks or the theft of information, and these hacks deserve a firm U.S. government response. But the emails are public and they will confirm for many Americans their worst suspicions about the people who run their government.


It’s also worth noting that in the vast digital trove of Mr. Podesta’s stolen emails we haven’t noticed emails from Mrs. Clinton. Perhaps they don’t exist. But American voters shouldn’t worry merely about the emails released before the election. What emails or memos exist that these hackers, Russian or not, could be withholding for leverage after the election with another President Clinton?


The Clinton campaign has suggested that Donald Trump has praised Vladimir Putin because the Russian has something on the Republican. The question is what do any number of possible bad actors know about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s mixing of business, charity and politics?

As a reminder, this is The Wall Street Journal saying these things to Americans... not Fox, not some alt-right blogger in his parents' basement.

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Mroex's picture

Murdoch owns both Fox and the WSJ BUT I AM STILL VERY HAPPY TO SEE THIS!

J S Bach's picture

"Poor innocent Chelsea".

Oh, how sad it is.  *sniff*

Listen... she's as much a crooked bitch as her crone mother.  And she's a literal bastard to boot with the honorable Web Hubble donating his sperm to the lesbian.

No pity here.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

The Wall Street Journal have officially discredited themselves, and put themselves in the same category as Faux News. How can anyone take them seriously after mouthing these insane conspiracy theories!? Hillary is a Democrat – Democrats don’t get involved in serious scandals. Salon and the Huffington post are running story after story about Trump, because Trump is a typical corrupt, scandalous, hypocritical Republican. The alternative and conservative media outlets aren’t fooling anyone - progressives know that they are smart and have the moral high ground.


gregga777's picture

Bill don't you have some little boys to bugger somewhere?

jcaz's picture

That's really been a highlight-  how the moron Chelsea almost gummed up the works because she believed she's running a real "foundation";

Why yes, snowflake- you're salary is $3.3M/yr because you're so special...

Just shows how magnficent the con is when Hillary and Bill can keep their own special snowflake in the dark,  yet stick her out there front and center....

That, or how truly these stupid these morons are, and how perverse their sense of entitlement has grown.......

Manthong's picture

Just heard this from a credible source..

..a jewel in the mountain of Emails…

One Hillary staffer to another…

“It’s 3:00 p.m.. Should we sober her up now?”

CheapBastard's picture

WSJ is still on "the [shit] list" but actions like these will meliorate their penalty at their sentence hearings.

So far, no mercy at trial or the penalty phase for CNN, NPR, WaPo and other traitors and propagandists who mislead and destroy America when Justice is some day restored to America.

DjangoCat's picture

Hey Benny,

Where's the beef?  Been waiting on the update to this for two months.  Did someone get to Charles Ortel?

Mute Button's picture

This shows you how bad internal polling is for Clinton. If they get MSM to cover Clinton scandals, it gets Trump voters suspicious that maybe Trump is also bought off. Don't fall for it. Vote long and hard for Trump. The future is bleak without getting these criminals out.

Cynicles's picture

credible source...it was main pic on Drudgereport for most of the day yesterday

sleigher's picture

I have wondered about that exact thing.  Did they sit her down one day and say "honey, Chelsea, we both love you very much but we are criminals and you are gonna have to be one too."  Or did they just figure a $3 million dollar salary for doing basically nothing would be enough of a hint for her?    

JohnnyHenricksen's picture

Oh, and by the way, your real daddy is Mr Hubbel

de Cosmos's picture

... "and Chelsea dearest, remember that our simple little Foundation is really a Fraudation, and also that Gramps Rodham was just a simple drapery maker."

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

$3million a year she could get some serious plastic surgery for that. Chelsea looks like a fecking horse, is anyone sure Kerry didn't get in there?

CheapBastard's picture

After the damge to my brain from seeing the wookie and Chelsea, I look forward to the refreshing, lively, beauty of Ivanka and Melania in the wh and in the news [hopefully] every day.

Maybe some traitor will publish more photos of her nude...what a treat! That caused a whole bunch more people [mainly men and LGBT types] to vote for Donald.

fishpoem's picture

Can you visualize that pair yentzing and yelping like a crazed pair of mangy pound mutts? Holy fuck, what an image!

BennyBoy's picture


MDB: "The Wall Street Journal have officially discredited themselves...." yes by printing the truth.

The WSJ should be regurgitating the same talking/writing points the Clintons put out every day to the MSM.

phatfawzi's picture

create a web site detailing the criminal orginization known as clinton foundation  and run 30 second add from now till election day. Just bury the bitch. 

gladih8r's picture

WSJ is trying to stay relevant when all other MSM rags have discredited themselves big-time. 

Nice try.

Arnold's picture

Time enough for Podesta to write a rebuttal Op Ed.

scraping_by's picture

Butt cover. Someone at Murdoch figured they needed a few reality-based articles to point at later when everyone looks at the majority of their coverage. Note it's an editorial, not the' hard-news' smear campaign.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

When did The WSJ suddenly get a pair, grow a spine and get religion...?
More importantly, why now?

Kernighan's picture

Professional Troll.  Just a new identity among many. 

Diplodicus Rex's picture

MDB's schtick is to emulate the corrupt, venal, cancer-ridden system with his outrageous comments as a way of drawing attention to just how corrupt, venal and cancer-ridden it truly is. He's been doing it for over 5 years. I would have thought with your 2-year membership of this site you would have realised that by now. 

spastic_colon's picture

please stop humoring this troll with replies; you're justifying his/her existence.






Hey, fuck face - stay away long enough and some dick head takes your good name and flushes it down the special snowflake lib tard shitter. 

Tell Robot Trader to get his ass back on the Hedge as well, before a day trader talking a common sense book makes him look all special too. 

Whiskey Badger's picture

I've been inspired.  I too identify as the true Million Dollar Bonus !!!

The fake MDB who posts links to fake articles is a well known member of the KKK and a serial bigot.

We Are The Priests's picture

Hey MDB, you're back!  Where you been, Buddy?  It's just not the same around here without you.  Is Correct the Record still paying a living wage?

Forward Full Spectrum Retard.

ChargingHandle's picture

Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it. 

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.


Itgoestoeleven's picture

You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.

-Ayn Rand

Row Well Number 41's picture

Any given man sees only a tiny portion of the total truth, and very often, in fact almost...perpetually, he deliberately deceives himself about that precious little fragment as well.
    -- Philip K Dick

mccvilb's picture

Johann, as Dandy Don Meridith used to say, "Turn out the lights, the party's over."





AtATrESICI's picture

Wikileaks makes top of P. 1 at NYT, WP, WSJ, top of CBS & NBC newscasts.Sudden surge because now about Hill & Bill


undercover brother's picture

@MDB, you are the only person discredited here with your astounding level of ignorance of the facts.  it is people like you who are so morally and ethically bankrupt, that you are about to blindly vote for Hillary Clinton, who is by far the most scandal ridden, corrupt and unqualified failure ever to seek the office of the presidency.  

DjangoCat's picture

MDB must be a paid shill.  No one can be that stupid.

DjangoCat's picture

So nice to see you back, MDB, I really miss you when you're gone.

Too bad your such a dickhead.

PhiPhi's picture

MDB your cover is blown, why not go by your real name Gerald Broflovski aka. "Skankhunt42".

Keep up the good work.

We Are The Priests's picture

WB7 needs to do a cartoon on Hubbles incemination of the Hildabeast...We think.   Hmm...maybe we should be careful about what we wish for.

Forward Full Spectrum Retard

spastic_colon's picture

the WSJ must see the early voting trends and wants to suck up NOW!

Tarjan's picture

Is there evidence that Doug Band is still alive?


Arnold's picture

Currently seeking asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy, London.

fishpoem's picture

with the honorable Web Hubble donating his sperm to the lesbian   LMFAO!  Wheaties all over the screen again.

Redhotfill's picture

Is the rumor that her HUSBAND IS NEPHEW TO SORROS true?

Croesus's picture

I'll be happier still, when "WANTED" signs are posted. 

There are a whole lot of names & faces, that are worthy of being 'published'. 

myne's picture

Seems ol' Rupey got a bit peeved. 



The tide may have been turned.