Bill Clinton tweeted about his concern for the Haitian people eight years after the Clinton’s collected billions in relief aid through their crooked foundation and gave the poor Haitian victims very little in return. How was Hillar’s brother Tony Rodham connected to the grifting that went on in Haiti? Here’s the answer:
Sitting in a courtroom three years ago, after skipping out on a sizable legal bill, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s youngest brother struck a reassuring tone: Don’t worry, the money is coming.
“I deal through the Clinton Foundation,” Tony Rodham said, according to court transcripts uncovered by the New York Times. He gave his word that Hillary and Bill were setting him up with Haitian-government permits to build a $22 million housing development in the earthquake-stricken country.
“I hound my brother-in-law, because it’s his fund that we’re going to get our money from,” Rodham explained, promising a $1 million check once the Haitian-government paved the way, enough both to cover the outstanding legal fees and take his family to Disney World.
The construction deal fell through, but Rodham managed to settle his debt. And the next year, he got another crack at making money in Haiti’s heavily-regulated economy when he joined the advisory board of a company, VCS Mining, which was developing a gold mine on the island. –National Review
The Washington Post – Tony Rodham’s involvement with the mine, which has become a source of controversy in Haiti because of concern about potential environmental damage and the belief that the project will primarily benefit foreign investors, was first revealed in publicity about an upcoming book on the Clintons by author Peter Schweizer.
In interviews with The Washington Post, both Rodham and the chief executive of Delaware-based VCS Mining said they were introduced at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative — an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation that critics have long alleged invites a blurring of its charitable mission with the business interests of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their corporate donors.
Asked whether he attends CGI meetings to explore personal business opportunities, Rodham responded, “No, I go to see old friends. But you never know what can happen.”
All sides deny that the Clintons had any role in Rodham’s appointment to the VCS advisory board.
Rodham said he has not been involved in any other deals through connections made at CGI. He said that he has never spoken to his sister or her husband about the Haiti project and that he does not think VCS chief executive and president Angelo Viard, a Democratic donor, approached him because of his family ties. Rodham declined to say who introduced him to Viard; Viard said he could not remember.
“I’m a very accomplished person in my own right,” Rodham said. He said his work with the company is to try to find investors, which he said has been challenging because of a lack of interest in Haiti.
“I raise money for a lot of people,” he said. “That’s what I basically do.”
Rodham, a former repo man, prison guard, and private detective, has long been a source of controversy for the Clintons. Among other things, he and his brother, Hugh, caused consternation in the Clinton White House in 1999 for trying to operate a hazelnut-processing business in the Republic of Georgia with political opponents of the Georgian president, who was a U.S. ally at the time.
Rodham joined the board in October 2013, nine months after Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state. Viard said he put Rodham on the board, not because of his family connections, but because he worked for a firm, Gulf Coast Funds Management, that had access to investors.
Viard said that he and Rodham never discussed the Clintons, and that he never talked to the Clintons about Rodham. A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation said that Bill Clinton does not know Viard, and a spokesman for Hillary Clinton said she also does not know him.
In December 2012, VCS won one of the first two gold-mining permits the Haitian government had issued in more than 50 years.
The project was immediately slammed by members of the Haitian Senate, who called it a potential environmental disaster and “a waste of resources.” The backlash caused the government to put the permits on hold.
Viard stressed that Rodham was not involved in the effort to win the permit from the Haitian government, which was granted months before Rodham joined the board.
He said Rodham was compensated with stock options that will not vest unless the project is a success. He said Rodham has not landed any investors, adding, “It sounds like people were not interested in Haiti.”
Rodham confirmed that he has received stock options in VCS and that they have not yet vested, saying, “Never seen ’em.”
“I’m just trying to help him out a little bit. If it ever accomplishes anything, great,” Rodham said of Viard, adding that the people of Haiti “got a bad deal” — saddled with poverty and then hit in 2010 by a devastating earthquake — and that he hoped the gold mine could help the country recover.
Here’s what Trump had to say about Crooked Hillary’s involvement in Haiti, and about her brother Tony, and his involvement in the Haitian gold mine during one of his campaign rallies:
Stephen Miller read from “Clinton Cash” to Trump supporters:
I want to explain this. Hillary Clinton funnels grant money to this company, then the company pays Bill Clinton money. You know what it kind of sounds like to me? It kind of sounds like a money laundering scheme.
Now, listen to this. You all remember how they put the Clintons in charge of the Haiti relief? Here’s what the book says about that. I’m going to read right from the book right now.
We would all like everyone in the media to cover this book, wouldn’t we? So we’re going to have a little reading time. I’m going to read from the book.
And I will show up at all the rallies and keep reading from the book until the media writes about it.
This is what the book says: The effort to rebuild Haiti — which were largely controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton, have been a massive failure. Funds for reconstruction have ended up in worthless projects, while in several cases, Clinton friends, allies and family members have benefitted from the reconstruction. The reality seems clear. As one individual told the Wall Street Journal, “you won’t be in the gang.”
Does that sound like a good way to run disaster relief? No. The book continues.
It is hard to overstate the power the Clintons wielded in the dispersement of U.S. taxpayer money for Haitian relief.
This next part is the most shocking. Listen to this.
But it wasn’t just connected businessmen, who were benefitting from the rebuilding of Haiti.
Clinton family members did too… Bill and Hillary have been looking for investors to come to Haiti, but it was a ripoff. One possible bright spot was mining. Haiti is rich in natural minerals. There’s an estimated $20 billion in Gold, Silver and other precious metals. In 2012, the Haitian government decided to do something it hasn’t done in half a century. Grant permits for gold mining… One of the two recipients was a small North Carolina startup called BCS Mining. The company had little track record of mining operations, but its leadership would later vote for a board member with a familiar last name. Tony Rodham, Hillary’s youngest brother.
Nice how that all worked out, isn’t it?