The Donald Trump campaign on Friday released a 35-page booklet attacking Hillary Clinton of impropriety over donations received by the Clinton Foundation over the years.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee alleged that the Clinton Foundation received funds in 2008 from Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Confederation of India Industry seeking support for the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
The booklet titled “Top 50 Facts About Hillary Clinton From Trump ‘Stakes Of The Election’ Address” is available for download on the donaldjtrump.com.
It heavily cites a New York Times times report on the list of donors who contributed to the family foundation managed by former President Bill Clinton.
Here is what we learned so far:
# In 2008, newly-elected President Barack Obama invited Senator Hillary Clinton to join his cabinet as secretary of state. Since Hillary would be involved in drafting America’s foreign policy, her husband Bill, in an agreement reached between Obama and him, released a list of more than 200,000 donors who gave significant amounts of donations to his family foundation.
# The list revealed that the Clinton Foundation received between $1 million and $5 million from Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, then a close of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was in Washington to lobby Congress for the safe passage of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal. Samajwadi party was back then a coalition partner in the United Progressive Alliance led by the Indian National Congress party. Bill reportedly assured Singh that the Democrats would not block the deal in the Congress. In December 2008, Hillary voted in favour of the nuclear agreement between India and US.
# The booklet also cites a 2011 Indian Express report on Singh receiving a thank you note from the former US president.
Bill wrote to him, thanking for his “gift” of a charcoal stove and briquettes to a family in Haiti, which is facing a severe cholera epidemic after last year’s massive earthquake.
“This year, in your name, the Clinton Foundation gave an efficient charcoal stove and briquettes manufactured from 100 per cent recycled waste to a family in Haiti,” Clinton wrote to Singh in the second half of December. “Your gift will touch the lives of people who have been struggling to survive the earthquake and cholera epidemic, and the hurricanes of 2008.”
# Another article cited by the Trump campaign was an USA Today piece on the Confederation of Indian Industry who gave $500,000 to $1 million.
# The Foundation has also accepted funds from foreign governments such as Saudi Arabai, which was the largest donor with a contribution between $10 million and $25 million, and Norway (between $5 million and $10 million). Kuwait, Qatar, the Dubai Foundation, Brunei Darussalam, and Oman donated between $1 million and $5 million each, reported New York Times. Irish Aid, China Overseas Real Estate Development Corporation donated several hundred thousand dollars each. Italy and Jamaica each donated between $50,000 and $100,000.
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