Aug 15

State Department withholding ethics disclosures on corrupt Bennet, Clinton Foundation donor

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House released the following statement on the State Department withholding key financial disclosure information on corrupt Clinton Foundation and Michael Bennet donor Raj K. Fernando:

“Michael Bennet’s refusal to return his max contribution from corrupt Clinton Foundation donor Raj K. Fernando casts serious doubt on Bennet’s commitment to transparency,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House.

“With the State Department refusing to release copies of financial and ethics disclosure filings that potentially led to Fernando being denied a security clearance, it is clear the Clintons and their allies in the administration are circling the wagons to protect their corrupt benefactor.”

“Considering Fernando has already purchased access to the Clintons, Coloradans deserve to know what Fernando is expecting in return from Michael Bennet.”

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BACKGROUND:

The State Department is refusing to release financial and ethics disclosure forms on Raj K. Fernando. “The State Department declined to provide copies of Fernando’s financial and ethics disclosure filings to ABC News in July. Elizabeth Trudeau, a department spokeswoman, said in response to the request that, “While some financial disclosure forms are publicly available upon request, others are confidential.” (“Records Sought for Clinton Foundation Donor Placed on Intel Board,” ABC News, Matthew Mosk, August 12 2016)

  • The disclosures may reveal why Fernando was denied a security clearance. “Today’s filing asks the court to force the State Department to turn over copies of Fernando’s financial and ethics disclosure filings, ‘submitted on his behalf to State in May 2011 in connection with a security clearance form.’ ‘We know there was an ‘issue’ that held up Raj Fernando’s security clearance and these two documents will go a long way in explaining the issue,’ Bossie said.”
  • Fernando declined to be interviewed at the DNC. “ABC News sought to ask Fernando about the issue at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where he was serving as a Super Delegate for Clinton. He declined to be interviewed.”

ABC News: CGI donor Raj. K. Fernando put on sensitive intel board for which he was unqualified by Clinton staff

STORY: “Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff. The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to ‘protect the name’ of the Secretary, ‘stall’ the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later. (“How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board,”  ABC News, Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, June 10 2016)

Raj. K Fernando is a maximum donor to Sen. Michael Bennet. “FERNANDO, RAJ,CHICAGO, IL 60600, CHOPPER TRADING, 3/14/16, $2,700, Bennet, Michael F (D),” (Elections and Donor Lookup, Open Secrets, Accessed June 10 2016)