INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: Clinton Cronies Used IRS Audit Threat to Help a Major Clinton Foundation Donor

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, left, talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Clinton on Sunday urged the government of Bangladesh not to do anything that could undermine the effectiveness of the internationally acclaimed Grameen Bank micro-lender. ( AP Photo/STR)

Throughout her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton monetized her office by pimping out Bill Clinton for speeches and doing favors… like giving the Russians development rights to US uranium… in exchange for large and frequent contributions to the Clinton Foundation. As we saw, over 90% of those donations were used for salaries for Clinton cronies and to finance an opulent lifestyle for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

If you were one of those mega-donors you could count on Hillary Clinton to pull out all the stops to help you if you were in trouble.

The central character in this saga is a Bangladeshi entrepreneur named Muhammad Yunus. Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh which pioneered the concepts of microcredit/microfinance by making very small loans as a tool to improve social conditions. For his efforts, he won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Non-coincidentally, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama and awarded a Congressional gold medal by the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010. Non-coincidentally, his bank/foundation won a $162 million deal with US AID, which is under State’s control. Did I say non-coincidentally? Because Yunus was also a major donor to the Clinton Foundation.

At some point around 2010, the government of Bangladesh became un-enamored of Mr. Yunus’s business activities and he was accused of embezzlement, loan sharking and all manner of shenanigans. I’m pretty much agnostic on the charges. It is not unheard of for a Third World sh**hole like Bangladesh to go after someone who is flying too high for the tastes of the rulers du jour. Neither is graft and corruption outside the Bangladeshi experience. But Yunus appealed to Clinton for help and suddenly the World Bank pulled a $1.2 billion loan for a bridge Bangladesh deemed critical for its economic development. It was sort of sent to the Fort Marcy Park for World Bank loans.

But this was not where it stopped. As it turned out, the son of the Bangladeshi prime minister was a resident alien in the United States. Via the Daily Caller:

Hillary Clinton’s Department of State aides allegedly threatened a South Asian prime minister’s son with an IRS audit in an attempt to stop a Bangladesh government investigation of a close friend and donor of Clinton’s, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group learned.

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and permanent U.S. resident, recalled the account of the threatened IRS audit to TheDCNF. The allegations mark the first known instance in the U.S. that Clinton’s Department of State used IRS power to intimidate a close relative of a friendly nation’s head of state on behalf of a Clinton Foundation donor.

Wazed told TheDCNF it was “astounding and mind boggling” that senior State Department officials between 2010 and 2012 repeatedly pressured him to influence his mother to drop the commission investigation.

“They threatened me with the possibility of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service,” he said. “I have been here legally for 17 years and never had a problem. But they said, ‘well, you know, you might get audited.’”

“They would say over and over again, ‘Yunus has powerful friends’ and we all knew they were talking of Secretary Clinton. Everybody knew it was Mrs. Clinton,” Wazed told TheDCNF.

The Prime Minister originally disclosed in general terms the pressure exerted on her son at a February reception in Munich.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy had to face pressure from the US State Department to keep Muhammad Yunus as the Grameen Bank managing director,” the Dhaka Tribune reported.

“Hillary Clinton phoned me and exerted the same pressure. Even the U.S. State Department summoned my son Joy three times and told him that we would face trouble,” Hasina added.

Hasina said State Department officials told Joy that Clinton would not take the matter lightly.

“Convince your mother,” she recalled Joy quoting officials.

The sad thing is there is absolutely nothing in this story that isn’t a) believable and b) totally consistent with the way you’d expect Hillary Clinton to react if her income stream were threatened.