Elder Patriot – The Clintons’ longtime bagman and current Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has found himself embroiled in a federal court case where he is charged with defrauding hopeful immigrants of almost $18 million in exchange for his promise to move their applications for visas to the top of the pile.
Also named in the lawsuit is Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother.
McAuliffe’s scam sought to exploit the EB-5 Visa program that authorizes granting green cards to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in an American company. In order to qualify the company accepting the investments is required to meet a minimum job creation level.
Thirty-two Chinese investors have filed suit claiming that McAuliffe misled them about the financial prospects of Green Tech, an electric car company that McAuliffe was the chairman of, and largest investor in, until he became Virginia’s governor in 2014.
In court documents the Chinese investors alleged they paid $560,000 each in 2012 and 2013 specifically because McAuliffe and Rodham had promised they would “leverage…political connections” so that their visa applications “will get to the top of the pile, and then be approved.”
Keep in mind this was at a time when the Obama administration was pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into the economically flawed “Green Energy Movement” and Green was all the rage. Against this backdrop these investors were easy marks.
The problem is Green Tech was never a viable company. McAuliffe and Rodham had lied to the investors about the number of jobs that would be created largely based on a false claim that Green Tech had been approved as an official Defense Department contractor.
The lawsuit also charges McAuliffe and Rodham with misleading the investors about the collateral backing Green Tech’s outstanding loans deliberately deceiving them into believing that their company was in a stronger financial position than it actually was.
This didn’t escape the watchful eye of the Securities and Exchange Commission. By 2015 the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General released a report providing evidence that McAuliffe and Rodham pressured Alejandro Mayorkas, then the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to approve the visas for Green Tech.
Had Hillary Clinton been elected president you can bet this case would’ve had no chance of succeeding. Hillary would’ve ordered the visas to be issued and told the Chinese investors to shut their mouths about their Green Tech investment in the best interests of their families.
The facts in this case are damning but they come as no surprise to anyone who knows how McAuliffe helped the Clintons leverage their positions of trust in the past.
Not too long ago, McAuliffe served as the Clinton’s bagman by delivering a bribe to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to bury the investigation into Hillary’s email scandal. McAuliffe enticed McCabe’s wife to run for an open Virginia Senate seat and then used that as the pretext to direct $500,000 to her. The trail of financial transactions leads straight to the Clinton Foundation.
The FBI previously explored McAuliffe’s stint on the Clinton Global Initiative’s board. Of particular interest was his relationship with Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang who donated $2 million dollars to the Foundation and another $120,000 directly to McAuliffe.
Wang Wenliang is a member of China’s National People’s Congress. This raises the possibility of illegal contributions being made by foreign governments for the purpose of influencing an electoral outcome or buying future policy favors.
And, McAuliffe was right in the middle of that transaction.
We can go back to Bill Clinton’s first term as president when McAuliffe initially helped the Clintons skirt the law by accepting money from Chinese interests. McAuliffe orchestrated the transfer of secret missile technology to China in what amounted to a money-laundering scheme that for Yah-Lin “Charlie” Trie resulted in a three-year prison term. His donations, written through a series of aliases, to Clinton’s legal defense fund totaled more than $450,000. In what has become the norm, the Clinton’s kept almost all of the money.
McAuliffe has long been recognized as the Clintons’ most important “bag man.” Under Christopher Wray, it is now expected that the FBI is not going to continue burying its head over McAuliffe.
McAuliffe has been prominently mentioned as a 2020 presidential candidate as the Democrats continue scrambling to find someone who can block the truth from coming out about the depth of corruption that engulfs their party.
That’s their problem. There’s virtually no chance that new FBI Director Christopher Wray is going to put himself in the same jackpot that Jim Comey found himself in when he turned his back on evidence of corruption only to find himself in the middle of a political shitstorm once Hillary Clinton won the nomination.
The greater possibility now suggests that the probe will implicate so many prominent political figures, both here and abroad, that it may be politically impossible to make all of the findings public.
The Swamp continues draining.