Marc Rich pardon enriched Clintons, President Carter Sees Quid Pro Quo in Rich Pardon, Denise Rich funneled money to Democratic Party Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaign and the Clinton Library fund, Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive Marc Rich continues to pay big
“I don’t think there is any doubt that some of the factors in his pardon were attributable to his large gifts,”
“In my opinion, that was disgraceful,”…President Jimmy Carter
“Bill Clinton’s last-minute pardon of Marc Rich, the shadowy commodities trader who fled to Switzerland in 1983 to avoid American justice, was a shocking abuse of presidential power and a reminder of why George W. Bush’s vow to restore integrity to the Oval Office resonates with millions of Americans who otherwise disagree with the new president’s politics.”…NY Times, January 24, 2001
“Rich returned to New York and became increasingly involved in Democratic politics. She raised and personally donated millions to the Democratic Party, including Bill Clinton’s presidential library and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for Senate.”…ABC News
From NewsMax February 21, 2001 via Citizen News.
“President Carter Sees Quid Pro Quo in Rich Pardon
Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that he believes there was a connection between Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive billionaire Marc Rich and the financial contributions Rich made.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that some of the factors in his pardon were attributable to his large gifts,” Carter said during a speech at Georgia Southwestern State University.
“In my opinion, that was disgraceful,” he added.
The former president did not say whether the gifts in question were those Rich lavished on numerous charities over the years – or money Rich may have funneled to the Democratic Party, Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaign and the Clinton Library fund using his ex-wife Denise as a conduit.
But the same day Carter commented on the Pardongate-gift connection, his former White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan said that he would have been forced to resign if he had suggested pardoning donors.
“[President Carter] would have thrown me out of the Oval Office and probably fired me on the spot,” Jordan wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.”
From the NY Post January 17, 2016.
“Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive Marc Rich continues to pay big
Fifteen years ago this month, on Jan. 20, 2001, his last day in office, Bill Clinton issued a pardon for international fugitive Marc Rich. It would become perhaps the most condemned official act of Clinton’s political career. A New York Times editorial called it “a shocking abuse of presidential power.” The usually Clinton-friendly New Republic noted it “is often mentioned as Exhibit A of Clintonian sliminess.”
Congressman Barney Frank added, “It was a real betrayal by Bill Clinton of all who had been strongly supportive of him to do something this unjustified. It was contemptuous.”
Marc Rich was wanted for a list of charges going back decades. He had traded illegally with America’s enemies including Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran, where he bought about $200 million worth of oil while revolutionaries allied with Khomeini held 53 American hostages in 1979.
Rich made a large part of his wealth, approximately $2 billion between 1979 and 1994, selling oil to the apartheid regime in South Africa when it faced a UN embargo. He did deals with Khadafy’s Libya, Milosevic’s Yugoslavia, Kim Il Sung’s North Korea, Communist dictatorships in Cuba and the Soviet Union itself. Little surprise that he was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.
Facing prosecution by Rudy Giuliani in 1983, Rich fled to Switzerland and lived in exile.”
“Rich died in 2013. But his business partners, lawyers, advisers and friends have showered millions of dollars on the Clintons in the decade and a half following the scandal.”
“Then there’s Russian investor Sergei Kurzin. He worked for Marc Rich in the 1990s, traveling around Russia looking for suitable investment opportunities in the crumbled former Soviet Union.
An engineer by training, Kurzin has been involved in lucrative deals in Kazakhstan and other countries, including the lucrative Uranium One deal that involved Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra.
Russia bought 20 percent of all uranium production capacity in the US, a deal that needed to be signed off on by the State Department when it was headed by Hillary Clinton. While the deal was going through, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow, paid for by a Russian investment bank promoting the uranium deal.
Kurzin, meanwhile, donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.”