ORLANDO, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – It was the reports of failure in the multi-billion dollar post-earthquake effort in Haiti that led Peter Schweizer to author his latest and best selling title, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
Peter Schweizer, President of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), availed himself for a telephone interview last week where we discussed the widely-cited book that has been made into a film documentary and graphic novel.
The most remarkable takeaway from my talk with Mr. Schweizer is that it was motivated by the need to look further into the situation of the Haiti post-earthquake reconstruction.
Billions for Haiti: Where did the money go?
All can recall the images of devastation and death of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It was a top story on every news outlet, print, radio and television for months. It trended on Twitter just as long and gained the attention as support of everyone around the world, governments, celebrities, man, woman and child felt the need to say something, to do something.
Long after the fanfare and the headlines were gone, reports began coming out from Haitian news agencies and lingering journalists that the earthquake reconstruction wasn’t fitting the bill. At the helm was a former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, who was named Head of the United Nations Envoy to Haiti. There was also his wife, then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who together, never hid their long-standing connection to the country. But there were $13 billion pledged dollars, the Clinton Foundation and a recovery that was slow, frustrating and in the end didn’t build Haiti back, let alone, better.
From the earthquake reconstruction effort, Mr. Schweizer began to see a pattern emerge of unusual benefits being given to friends and donors to the Clintons. Haitians were kept out of the decisions related to the country’s relief effort and reconstruction. Instead, projects, such as those with the wealthy Irish billionaire, Denis O’Brien, who essentially holds a monopoly in Haiti’s telecommunications industry, were forwarded.
From Haiti, to the world, Mr. Schweizer began to find that the Clintons were surrounded by conflicts of interests and insufficient transparency. All over the world, with countries such as Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, Schweizer found a consistent patter of pay-to-play.
Secretary of State Clinton would change policy positions quite timely with massively disproportionate speaking fees to former President Clinton and donations, some undisclosed, to the Clinton Foundation.
The Need for Further Investigation
Clinton Cash leaves many questions to be answered. Peter Schweizer and his team put together the facts of the book mostly through publicly available, although elusive, information. What the book has left, which Schweizer said during our interview, was the need for further investigation.
The title is already perhaps the most-cited book affecting the 2016 presidential race, but as more and more information is found, may be the most important work of investigative journalism of modern U.S. politics.
Many pundits, news personalities and politicians, dismissed the Hillary Clinton private email server scandal when it first broke out, Schweizer didn’t and has not, as he said in our interview. He learned with the rest of the world, while still preparing for the release of his book about the private server. Mr. Schweizer, as any and many critical observers, including myself, suspect now that the server was used to cover up the kinds of dealings written in his book.
Although Mr. Schweizer believes the patterns his book has uncovered are sufficient to warrant investigation, he believes the more than 30,000 deleted emails of Hillary Clinton, that could not be recovered by James Comey’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), likely hold the proverbial “smoking gun”.