According to information we now have, the alcohol-fueled discussion between the former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer and small-time aide George Papadopoulos launched the Russia-Trump probe [allegedly]. Papadopoulos told Downer the Russians had emails that were damaging to Hillary Clinton.
He was a major Clinton Foundation donor before he ”tipped off” the FBI.
A decade before the escapade with Papadopoulos, Downer was the Australian foreign minister, and in that role, he arranged for $25 million in aid from Australia to the Clinton Foundation. The FBI never alerted Congress to the connection.
It is much worse than that. There are serious allegations of fraud.
Then-Foreign Minister Alexander Downer Was a ‘FOB’, Friend of Bill’s
Alexander Downer is a “Friend of Bill’s” or FOB. FOB’s usually did very well and were rewarded. It would be interesting to know what Downer or Australia got from deals Downer made with the Clinton Foundation when Hillary was secretary of state. In fact, an investigative reporter alleges corruption and possible pay-to-play.
Bill and Hillary Clinton ran a profitable racket for their FOB’s in poor nations. A ‘FOB’ or “friend of Bill’s” was a well-known appellation.
The report at The Hill is not the first time Downer’s name has come up in relation to Bill Clinton. AusAid, thanks to Downer, was a big contributor, one of the biggest, to the Clinton Foundation. This was reported a number of times over the years.
On January 19, 2018, Michael Smith news reported that the agreement between Downer and Bill Clinton was without a tender and clearly deceptive. They were hiding something. It appeared to have been backdated, giving the Clintons an illegal advantage.
Smith is an investigative reporter and a former law enforcement officer.
On or about 20 August 2006 a notice, purporting to be a bona fide invitation to tender for the contract already awarded to the Clinton Foundation was published to the DFAT website.
Inviting tenders for a contract that has already been given meets the criminal points of proof for Obtaining a Financial Advantage (for self or another) by Deception.
There are other reports that Downer never did the proper checks on this Foundation when he made the first donation, according to the Australian.com.
Smith also has alleged the Clinton Foundation fraudulently received $10 million from Australia in a similarly deceptive deal involving its climate change efforts and a company called Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute Inc. The project Downer helped fund performed poorly just like so much of what the Clintons do as in Haiti. Australia has dropped the arrangement.
The FBI has not responded. They obviously don’t care that the Clinton’s were tied to everything that launched this case.
Hillary Clinton’s spokesperson said it’s “laughable” to draw a connection and Downer said it’s “ridiculous.”