Newly released emails obtained by the government watchdog Judicial Watch show that the Obama State Department, led by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, assisted a criminal mega-donor to the Clinton Foundation in receiving a whopping $10 million from the U.S. taxpayer.
The donor, sleazeball Democrat donor Claudio Osorio, a Miami businessman who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for swindling the U.S. government out of millions, got the $10 million from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a shady federal slush fund that is overseen by the Department of State, a grant that was approved in just 24 hours (When was the last time you heard of the U.S. government approving anything in 24 hours?) after an OPIC official submitted the recommendation to the State Department.
Under the guise of “charity” like much of the organization nicknamed the “Clinton Crime Family Foundation,” Osorio was supposed to use the money to build houses in the earthquake-torn country of Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake that left massive destruction and homelessness.
Instead, Osorio’s “Haiti project,” which was supposed to build 500 homes for the homeless in Haiti, never broke ground and Osorio used the money to line his pockets for his Miami Beach mansion, buying a Maserati and maintaining his Colorado ski chalet.
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Not shockingly, considering the depth of corruption in the Clinton Department of State, as well as the Obama Regime as a whole, no one in the government, from Hillary Clinton on down, was even given a slap on the wrist for the overt corruption.
Judicial Watch reports that Osorio’s company, a money laundering operation called InnoVida, had deep ties to alleged serial rapist and Democrat hero, former President Bill Clinton, America’s next First Lady should Hillary Clinton get elected to the presidency.
The bigger story is that, despite Osorio’s shady history, it appears that the Clinton State Department helped him get $10 million—which will never be repaid—because he was a Clinton Foundation donor. This connection was not made until years after Osorio got sentenced. After his 2013 sentencing in Miami, the area’s largest newspaper tied him to the Clintons and President Obama as a campaign donor who held fundraisers at his waterfront home, but the foundation was not mentioned. A Washington D.C. newspaper eventually connected the dots after obtaining a document that shows an OPIC official recommending funding for Osorio’s Haiti project. In the document, the OPIC official writes that Osorio’s company had “U.S. persons of political influence that are able to assist in advancing the company’s plans.” It continues: “For instance, former President Bill Clinton is personally in contact with the Company to organize its logistical and support needs,” the document states. “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made available State Department resources to assist with logistical arrangements.” Additionally, the Clinton Global Initiative had “indicated that it would be willing to contract to purchase 6,500 homes in Haiti from InnoVida within the next year.”
Washington Free Beacon reported on the corruption last year, noting that it was Bill Clinton himself who arranged legal representation for Osorio, who also defrauded private investors out of another $30 million.
Bill Clinton helped arrange for a high-powered Florida law firm to represent Osorio during loan negotiations with OPIC, according to court testimony. An internal OPIC memo said Hillary Clinton was prepared to marshal State Department resources to assist with the donor’s project.
InnoVida was supposed to use the funding to build houses in Haiti after the earthquake, but it defaulted on the loan and the homes were never built.
After InnoVida went bankrupt in 2011, a court-appointed investigator said it appeared that over $30 million of its funds had been diverted to foreign bank accounts and were not retrievable.
Osorio was later accused of using the company to run a Ponzi-like scheme, bilking government and private investors out of a collective $40 million and using their money to fund his lavish lifestyle—making payments on his Miami Beach mansion, buying a Maserati and maintaining his Colorado ski chalet.
He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in 2013.