Issue Or Non-Issue? One Of Hillary’s Big Benefactors Is Ukrainian With Trade Links with Iran

The Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, 54, has courted the Clintons for at least nine years – in the United States, the Alps and Ukraine, states Newsweek.

Earlier this year, he was confirmed as the largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation, whose aims include the creation of “economic opportunity and growth.”

Pinchuck also has connections to the Tony Blair Foundation and was its biggest single donor in 2013.

He is the fourth richest man in Ukraine and owns Interpipe Group, a Cyprus-incorporated manufacturer of seamless pipes used in oil and gas sectors.

Newsweek has seen declarations and documents from Ukraine that show a series of shipments from Interpipe to Iran in 2011 and 2012, including railway parts and products commonly used in the oil and gas sectors.

Among a number of invoices for products related to rail or oil and gas, one shipment for $1.8m (1.7m) in May 2012 was for “seamless hot-worked steel pipes for pipelines” and destined for a city near the Caspian Sea.

Clinton’s political enemies are likely to seize on news that Pinchuck is a major benefactor to the Clinton Foundation and has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of U.S. sanctions imposed on the country, according to Newsweek.

Newsweek states that U.S. sanctions laws are complex and, in certain areas, ill-defined.  Interpipe may qualify for penalties due to the mere presence on American soil of North American Interpipe Inc, its United States subsidiary.

The US authorities can also penalize non-American subsidiaries with no base in the US at all which it judges to be working counter to its foreign policy, as happened to Zhuhai Zhenrong, a Chinese oil company, in 2012.

So be sure to watch for the new “scandal” on FOX !

Bill On Hillary’s E-Mail: ‘I Shouldn’t Be Making News On This’


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President Bill Clinton was asked about troubles that have arisen after it was revealed that his wife used a personal email account when she was the secretary of state.  Clinton and his daughter Chelsea were in South Florida Sunday with the Clinton Global Initiative for a community service project in Liberty City.

The New York Times:

“The revelation about the private email account echoes longstanding criticisms directed at both the former secretary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for a lack of transparency and inclination toward secrecy.”

In other news, Senator Dianne Feinstein (a Democrat of California) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that Clinton “needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is.”   She also said that from “this point on, the silence is going to hurt her.”

According to sources, Feinstein is the first major Democrat to urge Clinton to share details of the account’s contents.  Some of the e-mails have also been subpoenaed by a special House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

More here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/08/dianne-feinstein-hillary-clinton_n_6826790.html

The Clinton Global Initiative Accepts Donations From Foreign Nations


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A Wall Street Journal review of donations to the Clinton Foundation in 2014 showed the charity received money from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, as well as from Canada’s foreign affairs department, which is promoting the Keystone XL pipeline.

The foundation had agreed to stop raising money from foreign governments in 2009, after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state. That step was in deference to Obama administration concerns about the propriety of taking money from other nations while Mrs. Clinton served as America’s top diplomat, according to WSJ.

Mrs. Clinton left the State Department in early 2013, and the foundation later dropped the ban.

Louisiana Man Given Life In Prison For Selling $20 Of Marijuana


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“On September 5, 2008, Fate Vincent Winslow watched a plainclothes stranger approach him. Homeless and hungry, on a dark street rife with crime, the 41-year-old African American was anxious to make contact, motivated by one singular need: food,” according to The Daily Beast.
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“Police arrested Winslow, drove him to prison, and locked him up. Six months later, a jury found him guilty of distribution of a schedule I substance (marijuana). Three months after that, a judge sentenced him to life imprisonment with hard labor, without the benefit of parole,” according to The Daily Beast.

Winslow had a criminal record, and the prosecution sought the maximum punishment. “His prior convictions, all non-violent felonies, made him a candidate for the notorious mandatory minimum sentencing laws,” according to The Daily Beast.

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