WikiLeaks: Qatar Wrote Clinton Foundation a Million Dollar Check for Bill Clinton’s Birthday

Hillary in Qatar Maneesh BakshiAP
Maneesh Bakshi/AP

In an email, uncovered in the latest WikiLeaks hack, Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s director of foreign policy, writes to senior Clinton Foundation officials explaining the “summary of key points” from his meetings with the “Ambassadors from Qatar, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda, in Washington, DC.”

On his meeting with the Ambassador of Qatar, Desai wrote, “Would like to see WJC [William Jefferson Clinton] ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011.”

“Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti – particularly on education and health,” Desai wrote in the email. “They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF Haiti team.”

The Clinton Foundation’s shady business dealings in Haiti have received intense criticism in recent days, after emails revealed how senior Clinton Foundation staffers coordinated with top Hillary Clinton State Department officials to give special treatment to people identified as “FOB” (friends of Bill Clinton) or “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs) in the wake of the deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Qatar has donated $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to the Clintons, with many of those high-dollar donations flooding in while Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State.

The oil rich Arab nation’s horrid human rights record is no secret.

According to a report released by Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Qatar has “continuing human rights concerns.” Those human rights restrictions include “freedom of religion … trafficking in persons … legal, institutional, and cultural discrimination against women limited their participation in society.”

Nevertheless, the Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars from Qatar over the years.

The email was sent to senior Clinton foundation official and longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band, Laura Graham, the foundation chief operating officer, Clinton Foundation Chairman of the Board Bruce Lindsey, and Clinton aide Justin Cooper.

Desai’s email doesn’t include a reply from Band or the other recipients. But it does include details from his meetings with the ambassadors of Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda.

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