Amitabh Desai, a foreign policy director at the Clinton Foundation, emails Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills about an invitation for former President Bill Clinton to be paid $650,000 for speech in Brazzaville, Congo. Both dictators of Congo and the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) would be attending, and both require photos with Bill Clinton. It is mentioned in the email that the Harry Walker Agency, who helps Clinton coordinate his speeches, says “we anticipate you’ll want us to quickly decline,” especially due to the involvement of the notoriously brutal DRC dictator Joseph Kabila. Furthermore, the DRC is rated as the poorest country in the world, and Clinton’s $650,000 fee would be one of his highest he’s ever been given. But the email notes that Bill Clinton wants to give the speech anyway, with the idea of donating his fee to the Clinton Foundation.
The email is forwarded to other Clinton aides, including Huma Abedin, but not to Hillary Clinton herself. It is not known if the aides advise to go ahead with the speech or not. However, Bill Clinton never gives the speech. (ABC News, 8/28/2015)
A Forbes Magazine article will ask in 2016, “Giving money to charity doesn’t address whether that money was received as a bribe. To answer that key question, one would have to know what foreign leaders wanted in exchange for their donations. After all, Congolese leaders aren’t worried about charitable deductions on their US tax forms. So why did they proffer so much of their poor country’s money?” (Forbes, 4/17/2016)