Politics

Hillary Clinton Facilitated Weapons Deal for Clinton Foundation Donors

Saudi Arabia, Boeing benefitted from donations

Hillary Clinton
AP

Hillary Clinton facilitated a $29 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia in 2010, benefiting the Saudi regime and defense contractor Boeing, both of which made large contributions to the Clinton Foundation.

The arms transfer, which was finalized in 2011, came after at least $10 million in donations from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Clinton Foundation, according to the International Business Times.

The deal followed a scathing 2010 human rights report on Saudi Arabia by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

The report outlined concerns such as citizens having "no right to change the government peacefully;" "torture and physical abuse;" and "restrictions of civil liberties such as freedoms of speech, assembly, association, movement and sever restrictions on religious freedoms;" amongst many other critiques.

The 34-page report outlines the accosting, abuse, and detention of "specifically women," as consequence for "violating dress and behavior standards" occurring at the hands of the Saudi Arabian government religious police force, referred to as Hai’a.

"There are restrictions on foreign travel, including for women and members of minority groups. No one may leave the country without an exit visa and a passport. Women and minors require a male guardian's consent to have a passport and to travel abroad."

Despite these accusations, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro said in 2011 that the arms deal would "advance U.S. National interests" as well as "enhance Saudi Arabia’s ability to deter and defend against external threats to its sovereignty."

Boeing also donated to the Clinton Foundation, contributing $900,000 just two months before the deal was finalized.

Clinton has denied on accusations of conflict of interest regarding donations to the Clinton Foundation nonprofit during her time employed in the State Department.

Neither the Clinton campaign, nor the Foundation responded to requests for comment.