Krauthammer: Clinton Foundation Access to State Dept a 'Form of Corruption'

August 11, 2016

Columnist Charles Krauthammer tore apart the Clinton Foundation and the "form of corruption" it had with its access to the State Department on Thursday.

Krauthammer was asked by Sandra Smith if he thought that there would be an "October surprise" related to more emails being released related to the Clinton Foundation and the State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

"Well, no one knows, but if it is, if it does happen, it won't be a surprise because we've seen a small sample, a small number of emails that were not declared," Krauthammer said. "We know that even within that small sample, there were at least two examples of self-dealing between the Clinton Foundation, which is a sort of a machine for siphoning money from rich, foreign, sometimes unsavory sources into an organization whose one purpose is to create a network self-funded for Clinton cronies and hangers-onners, the administration in waiting and that it was dealing getting favors for the people who are contributing to it from the State Department.

"Now, that is so obviously, it may not be illegal, you may not be able to prove a quid pro quo, but this sort of use of the Foundation and then working with the State Department, whether it was Hillary personally or not, does not matter, to get favors is a form of corruption at the least."

Smith later asked Krauthammer about the report that Cheryl Mills, who was Clinton's chief of staff in the State Department, traveled to New York City to interview candidates for a top job at the Clinton Foundation. This prompted Krauthammer to tear even more into the Clinton Foundation's operations.

"Well, I hadn't heard that, but assuming it's true, from a reliable source, it's simply a symbol of what the entire operation was, people were coming in and out of the Foundation, they were giving their cronies, their lackeys jobs there, holding operation," Krauthammer said. "They had $50 million in travel expenses, and this is supposed to be a charity. It was not a charity.

"It was a sort of headquarters of Clinton Inc., and the fact that they did not draw a strict line between State Department and the Foundation is, to me, astonishing not because it's quite politically amoral, but because it is so stupid. It is so easy to discover and in the end, so distasteful that if you know you're going to run for the presidency, which I assume she did, then it makes no sense, but they did it."