By Christian Datoc. The Australian diplomat whose account of a 2016 conversation with embattled Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos prompted the FBI to formally open its Russia collusion probe has a decade-long, multi-million dollar connection to the Clinton Foundation.
The Hill reported that Alexander Downer — who at the time served as Australia’s foreign minister — helped launch a $25 million partnership between Australia and The Clinton Foundation to help fight AIDS back in 2006.
Not only was the initiative one of the single, largest charitable endeavors undertaken in The Clinton Foundation’s 21 year history — Australia was one of only four countries to pledge $25 million to The Clinton Foundation — but Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan now says that the FBI failed to alert Congress of Downer’s connection to the Clintons.
Congressman Jim Jordan says this new revelation shoots down claims made by House Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff. He added the news further necessitates Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to probe the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the initial counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.
“Schiff made a big point of this in his memo and comments he’s made, where he said ‘the dossier wasn’t the most important thing they were investigating, and the catalyst for the Russian investigation was this Papadopoulos meeting,” the Ohio Republican told The Daily Caller. “Now we’ve learned, the thing they kept hanging their hat on was the Papadopoulos meeting with Ambassador Downer, and it turns out that Mr. Downer now had ties to the Clintons as well.” (Read more from “Australian Amb. Who Prompted Trump-Russia Probe Has Decade Long Relationship to Clintons” HERE)
Pavlich: Hillary Would Have Lost Even If Obama Was Tougher on Russia
By The Hill. It’s the latest Democratic talking point: Former President Obama knew about Russian meddling and should have done more to stop it.
“You know, big fan of President Obama’s, obviously, but there’s no question that things were going on, that meddling was occurring in the presidential race — and there’s even evidence now to indicate in other races — in a real way,” former Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate Christine Quinn told CNN this week. “And I think it was a frustration for all of us close to the Clinton campaign towards the end, and after the election, about why … President Obama didn’t move more quickly and aggressively.”
Mary Anne Marsh, a former adviser to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry who I often debate on Fox News, has been saying the same for two years.
“The fact is, the Obama administration did too little, too late to deal with the Russian interference in our election. That is a fact,” Marsh said during a recent interview, adding the Trump administration and its allies are also responsible. “The Obama administration did not do enough.”
But while it is true Obama could have and should have done more to stop the Russians on a number of fronts, it is complete fantasy to believe those actions would have somehow changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Further, this narrative continues to displace responsibility away from where is belongs: with Clinton. (Read more from “Pavlich: Hillary Would Have Lost Even If Obama Was Tougher on Russia” HERE)