Friday, October 7, 2016
JAFAR’S ABRAAJ GROUP PAYS CLINTON FOUNDATION; JAFAR’S THEN AWARDED PORT CANAVERAL--Clinton Foundation Deal
The American Report Mary Fanning Alan Jones
The Abraaj Group, a UAE private equity company co-founded and partly-owned by the Iraqi family of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons mastermind, donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation and co-sponsored the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. That same Iraqi family was awarded a 35-year container terminal lease at national-security nexus Port Canaveral, Florida through the family’s ports company Gulftainer. The Port Canaveral lease received no national security review (CFIUS or FINSA), despite the family’s connection to Iraq’s rogue WMD program.
Weeks before co-sponsoring the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative meeting, The Abraaj Group was awarded the first of hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and investment management contracts through the State Department’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a federal agency overseen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Secretary Clinton previously exploited OPIC as a kickback vehicle to reward a now-convicted Clinton Foundation donor with lucrative loans in Haiti according to the Washington Free Beacon. The Abraaj Group’s sponsorship of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting coincided with Gulftainer’s intial efforts to take over a Florida port.
HT America The Beautiful