There's no crime too horrific that a large checkbook and campaign donations won't solve.
The Office of the Inspector General of the State Department found in its latest investigation that Clinton aides had “created an appearance of undue influence and favoritism” in a number of cases including that of Ambassador Howard Gutman.
The investigation is largely a whitewash. There is no mention of the fact that one whistleblower related to the case, Richard Higbie, had his emails deleted by a hacker. Or that the main whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn, was harassed at home and had her law firm burgled.
It goes almost without saying that Richard Nixon went down for much less than that.
There is also no mention of the more explosive allegation that Howard Gutman had not merely solicited a prostitute on a single occasion, as the report mentions, but had escaped his detail to “solicit sexual favors from minor children."
Also overlooked is the fact that the Gutman case was shoved under the rug by Cheryl Mills, who was not only Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff but the White House Counsel who ferociously protected Bill Clinton when questions were raised about his own sexual activities.
Mills is a fanatical Clinton loyalist. During her days in the Clinton White House, a colleague was quoted as saying, "If something's on the other side of a brick wall and the Clintons need it, she'll find a way to get to it: over, around or through."
It should come as no surprise that Cheryl Mills also played a key role in covering up Benghazigate. It was Mills who had ordered Gregory Hicks, the Deputy Chief of Mission, not to talk about what happened. Hicks testified that he had been punished for refusing to keep quiet.
Covering up for Gutman’s sexual abuse of children would have been about more than just the State Department’s usual white wall of silence. Like many European ambassadors in the new administration, Gutman was not a diplomat -- he was a donor. A man like Christopher Stevens might be sent to Libya, but positions in European capitals were mostly reserved for major contributors to the Democratic Party.
When it came to money, Howard Gutman, a top Washington lawyer, brought in the cash by raising $500,000 for Obama’s campaign committee and another $275,000 for his inauguration committee. And Gutman was not just an Obama boy. He had donated the legal maximum to Hillary’s presidential bid.
That was a lot of money. Enough to let a donor molest as many children as he cared to.
Once in Belgium, Howard Gutman got in trouble for making anti-Semitic remarks. An actual diplomat might have been replaced, but Gutman was there as a donor and it would take a lot to move him out. While Stevens was begging for basic security for the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Gutman was having his 16,096 square foot mansion in Brussels renovated on the grounds of environmental correctness.
If only Stevens had been able to raise six figures for a presidential candidate maybe the Benghazi mission would have been secured by something more than empty promises and wishful thinking.
Not even allegations of child abuse could dislodge the grotesque Gutman from his sinecure.
Instead of being permanently recalled, Gutman visited Washington to meet with Cheryl Mills and Patrick Kennedy, both key figures in the Benghazi cover-up, and went right back to his mansion.
When the case finally broke open after Hillary Clinton had left the building, the hot Libyan wind blowing in her wake, her spokeswoman followed the Obama tradition by claiming complete ignorance. “We learned of it from the media and don't know anything beyond what's been reported,” she said.
Obama had learned about all his scandals from the media. Why should Hillary be any different? And yet it wasn’t exactly the first time that the Clintons had ended up in this mess.
Jeffrey Epstein, a top Clinton pal, had sexually abused a large number of children, including three 12-year-old girls. He had boasted of “buying” another 14-year-old girl. Epstein’s jets ferried the “flat broke” Bill Clinton around to his private island, where some of his atrocities took place, and all the way over to Africa. At least one of Epstein’s “girls” claimed that she had met Bill Clinton.
When the case broke wide open, Epstein, like Gutman, all but got away with it. Instead of the ten year sentence that the federal government had wanted, he ended up serving little more than a year in jail.
If you can call it jail when Epstein was serving his time in a private wing of the Palm Beach prison and was “let out on work release six days a week for up to 16 hours a day.” During his “house arrest,” he flew around the country on his jets from his New York City place to his private island.
The timing of the case had been inconvenient. The Epstein case overlapped with Hillary Clinton’s reelection campaign. While Hillary Clinton was locking down the Democratic Party nomination, Jeffrey Epstein was wriggling out of the charges using a combination of ugly tactics and political pressure.
Much of the blame fell on State Attorney Barry Krischer, a prominent Democrat who had vigorously targeted Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, the latter for voting in the wrong precinct. Palm Beach police chief Michael Reiter had even asked Krischer to remove himself from the case. Krischer did not.
These days Barry has a “humanitarian award” named after him and it’s unclear what goodies await him if the Clintons crawl into the White House.
Such brutalization of children would horrify most people, but we already know that they would not have moved Hillary Clinton in the least. The recent release of an audio tape in which Clinton laughed while discussing her defense of a vicious rapist who beat a 12-year-old girl into a coma is a horrifying look at the kind of woman who could participate in the cover-up of such crimes against children.
Hillary Clinton’s defense of the rapist had included accusing the 12-year-old girl of being “emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing.” Despite that, Hillary had made it clear in the interview that she knew her rapist was guilty. And she had laughed about it.
Throughout the years, Hillary Clinton repeatedly lied about the case and the media helped her cover up some of the uglier details. It is in its own way much the same story as the cases of Howard Gutman and Jeffrey Epstein. If Hillary Clinton had no problem accusing a 12-year-old girl who had been raped and beaten into a coma of being a liar, why would she stop at covering up for Gutman and Epstein?
Pardongate had already proven that the Clintons and their collaborators, including future Attorney General Eric Holder, were willing to deliver pardons to those in a position to pay them back. But the Gutman case is another reminder that the Clintons are willing to do more than merely pardon financial crimes. There may be no crime too horrific, no atrocity too terrible, that a large checkbook cannot buy.
We expect a certain amount of corruption from our politicians. It might even be unrealistic to deny its inevitability. But there are places where we must draw the line or become a republic of monsters.
If we can’t draw the line at an Epstein or a Gutman, then what we have is not mere corruption but Saddam Hussein’s rape rooms and child prisons under the MSNBC logo. It means that we live in a country where leftist billionaires and millionaires buy children the way that they buy elections.
The Gutman case deserves to be fully and thoroughly investigated, in the way that the Epstein case wasn’t. And the cover-up of it should be pursued no matter how high up it goes.
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