New reports are beginning to emerge that failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sought to enrich her husband’s so-called charitable organization, the Clinton Foundation, during her tenure as secretary of state by pressuring foreign leaders to donate. Doing so would be a clear breach of federal ethics laws that prohibit government officials from aiding their spouses’ business matters.
The controversy hinges on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who told Circa that Clinton made a personal call to her office while serving as America’s top diplomatic official. The alleged call took place in 2011 and saw Clinton demand that Dr. Muhammed Yunus be reinstated as chairman of Bangladesh’s prestigious Grameen Bank.
As it turns out, Yunus served as the chair of the institution’s nonprofit branch, Grameen America, which had funneled anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative. Yet another subsidiary of the bank, Grameen Research, wrote a check for anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
In a statement, Deputy Press Secretary MD Nazrul Islam claimed that Clinton “insisted [Hasina] not to remove Dr Muhammad Yunus from the post of Managing Director of Grameen Bank,” a reply that Hasina refused on the grounds that Yunus was no longer eligible for the post because of an age limit set by the bank itself. Even though the rules cite age 60 as the upper limit for Grameen Bank chiefs, Yunus held the post “for 10 additional years past the age limit.”
Sajeeb Wazed, Prime Minister Hasina’s son and a permanent resident of the United States, even claims that he was pestered by Clinton’s cronies between 2010 and 2012 to ask his mother to end the investigation into Yunus or face an audit or other punitive actions.
“At two instances during those conversations they brought up the fact that, ‘look, there could be many actions taken against your country, your mother, your family, who knows, you could get audited by the IRS since you live in the U.S.,” Wazed said in an interview.