Hillary Clinton has had nothing but trouble since she announced her intent to become the first female U.S. president in history a couple of weeks ago. Of course, there were the minor, well-expected, paparazzi-styled criticisms about her penchant not to tip and other social media-pleasing tidbits which all candidates can expect to find about themselves as the months progress toward the election. But, extremely unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, her problems have become much deeper than the norm for a person in her current political stance. According to Forbes on Monday, the Clinton Foundation’s admission of guilt and apology regarding foreign donors giving to the Clintons and their Foundation may be far from enough to push the latest Clinton scandal under the political carpet.
Mrs. Clinton, who is running for the Democratic presidential nominee’s position in 2016, resigned from the board of directors of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation a week ago – just days before the truth hit the fan and landed in headlines throughout the globe. Yet, as Forbes knowledgably and accurately reports, the scandal with the Foundation – which inseminated while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and knee-deep in the Foundation’s decision-makings – may have legal problems to be dealt with in the near future. Beyond the Clinton Foundation being accused of accepting donations from foreign donors, it has been said that the anti-American Russians have dealt with the Clintons.
Concern, obviously, is what influence the Foundation-donor relationship had while Hillary Clinton was the U.S. secretary of state – and what will continue or expand under a potential Clinton presidency in 2016. Many are assuming that the dealings with Russian donors has much to do with Mrs. Clinton’s need to have had a private email account on her own server while she was secretary of state – even though she was required to do government business in a government account held in a government server. As Mrs. Clinton must have known, a government email account would have most certainly exposed any such communications with foreign donors regarding the Clinton Foundation. Via Clinton’s email arrangement, proof of such communications is gone.
Yet, it is now being reported that deleted emails may not have saved Clinton. The truth is that the IRS can audit and even prosecute a person based on the initial tax filings. Admitting guilt, apologizing, and saying that one will refile does not erase the slate. Just like an everyday American dealing with the United States Internal Revenue Service, if a person is caught “before” the mistake is corrected, an amendment to one’s own tax form is not considered a fix – necessarily. The government may continue to go after the Foundation and its relationships: Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton – just as they would go after an everyday American.
Of great concern is that Hillary Clinton said, when she was secretary of state, that the Foundation would not accept donations from foreign governments. Now it is known that this was not the case and it is also known that foreign transactions were not transparent. Not only did the Foundation lie by withholding information on its tax filings once – but it was done for three years in a row. And as Forbes asserts, “It wasn’t as if they didn’t know how to report…” After all, prior to her appointment as secretary of state, the Foundation reported tens of millions of dollars in such donations – apparently correctly. Again, the Foundation knew how to report but chose not to do so for three consecutive years – 2010 through 2012.
As could have been anticipated, since the media blowup over the story, the Clinton Foundation has “once again” pledged to stop accepting foreign donations. The question is: Do the Foundation and Mrs. Clinton mean it this time? There are those who are suggesting that the answer is: Don’t be a fool – of course they won’t continue to try to cover things up.
Beyond Benghazi and the email scandals, this could become Hillary Clinton’s biggest battle as she tries to convince a nation that she should become its president. Of obvious concern to any American who has had concerns with the IRS over the past four years, most taxpaying Americans absolutely cannot amend their tax returns to go back four years. They are limited to three years. Beyond the comparison of the average tax-paying American to the Clintons, there is a bigger concern. With the correct refiling, should it be done correctly this time, it will show that Hillary Clinton dealt financially with foreign countries while she was the United States’ secretary of state. This is being called an unprecedented action of a governmental figure in her prior position.
As Fox News is reporting on Monday, there are compelling claims that Hillary – as well as Bill – Clinton sold favors while Hillary was the U.S. secretary of state. Those favors involved tens of millions of dollars that were advantageous not only to the Foundation but advantageous to the two of them as well. As many people may hope, the current Foundation’s issue could very well be the scandal that destroys an allegedly-impending Clinton dynasty in the White House.
The Foundation – and Clinton’s defensive response is that the money was reported. However, she can’t deny that what wasn’t reported was a clear money trail. The transparency back to the foreign donors was not reported – and she knows it. Again, refiling is legitimate and it is customary – but only up to three years. And refiling “after” one has been caught is not customary – as the Clintons are doing at this point in time. In the Clinton case, three years is too little – and obviously too late. People are beyond curious to see how this plays out. If the Clintons are allowed to go back more than three years to file a Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, the lines of taxpayers wanting to refile back more than three years may be endless – and, for consistencies’ sake – should be.
The acting-CEO of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation, Maura Pally, finally admitted on Sunday that mistakes were made in how the Foundation disclosed its donors, according to USA Today. The admission seemed extremely necessary as concerns continue to grow about what happened financially between foreign donors and the Foundation. Especially, the concerns are about what happened between foreign countries and Hillary Clinton while she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.