Does the name Marc Rich ring a bell?
January 20, 2001 was Bill Clinton’s last day in office as POTUS. And it was the day that Bill and Hillary Clinton cemented their legacy as the most corrupt government officials in the history of our nation.
On that day Bill Clinton pardoned his long time friend and benefactor, Marc Rich, from a laundry list of domestic and international crimes that had made him filthy rich. Make that filthy and rich.
When the entire civilized world boycotted trade with apartheid South Africa, Rich made a cool $2 billion illegally selling them oil. He was a primary supplier of forbidden goods to the Ayatollah Khomeini when Iran was holding 53 Americans hostage. His list of favorite trading partners reads like the “Who’s Who” of bad-ass dictators: Kim Il Sung, Muammar Khadafi, Fidel Castro, Slobodan Milosevic.
On the home front, Rich’s face adorned every post office as an FBI “ten most wanted”. When Rudy Giuliani indicted him for racketeering, mail fraud, wire fraud, trading with enemies of the United States and $50 million in tax fraud in 1983, Marc Rich fled to Switzerland and other exotic locales, where he continued to enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and famous. He was never intimidated by the FBI warrants, or the huge rewards offered by the IRS for his capture. But after many years on the lam, Rich missed the glitter of American high society, so he started buying political favors to set the wheels of his return in motion. These included a $450,000 contribution (via his wife) to the Clinton Library, and at least $1 million to a variety of Democrat campaigns – a small price to pay, and doubtless just the tip of the corruption iceberg.
In return, President Clinton spent one of his political “nine lives” on the Rich pardon that Jimmy Carter described as “disgraceful” and even Democrat Congressman Barney Frank, whose Washington, DC apartment was headquarters for a gay prostitution ring, called “contemptuous”.
But after a little short-term embarrassment, it appeared that the Clinton Cartel had dodged yet another political bullet unscathed. The Rich pardon was the gift that kept on giving as associates, attorneys, and friends of Rich continued to shower millions of dollars on the Clintons, year after year, even after Rich’s death in 2013.
One of Rich’s closest associates, Gilbert Chagoury, donated millions to the corrupt Clinton Foundation, gave Bill Clinton huge speaking fees, and pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Initiative. Yes, that’s billion with a “B”. The Clintons have been exceedingly chummy with Chagoury in recent years.
Another Rich ally is Dan Gertler, who amassed a fortune dealing in clandestine Nigerian diamonds and is a principle of Glencore, the trading company founded by Rich.
Since that one executive pardon made on the last day of his presidency, Bill Clinton and his partner in crime, Hillary, have been on cruise control, enjoying the seemingly limitless largesse of Marc Rich’s successors. Nothing could get in their way.
On December 20, 2017 President Trump enacted Executive Order #13818, “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption”. It specifically names 13 bad guys whose assets are to be frozen and seized, including the aforementioned Dan Gertler and several other bad actors who have ties to Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
And in addition to the 13 named scumbags, Trump’s order goes after anyone who is:
(A) responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;(B) a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:(1) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or(2) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption
In other words, it goes after anybody named Bill or Hillary Clinton.
This could be fun.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
The phone, the TV and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from Hell, oh oh
Threw sand in our eyes and descended like flies