James Riady, Barred From Entering The US For Illegal Contributions To Clinton Campaign. So Now That Clinton Is Running State Dept. … He’s Back
How interesting. A guy who is not allowed into the US because of illegal contributions to the Clinton campaign and Dems, suddenly has State Department AND DHS approval to enter the US. The Bush admin wouldn’t let him in, but under Hillary and Obama, here he is.
I wonder how such a thing could have happened. Oh, wait. As Michelle mentions, maybe it has to do with his $20,000 donation to their foundation? Nah!
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no idea how Chinagate scandal figure and old family friend James Riady found his way back into the country this year.
No idea whatsoever, according to the Washington Post:
In March 2004, James Riady, an Indonesian tycoon and devout Christian, received an honorary doctorate from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. The university — which has a scholarship program funded by the Indonesian — didn’t announce the honor. Nor did Riady pick up the diploma in person: He’d been barred from America after pleading guilty in 2001 to a “conspiracy to defraud the United States” through illegal contributions to the campaigns of Bill Clinton and other Democrats.
Last year, however, the Indonesian mogul finally made it to Arkansas. He traveled there during the first of two previously unreported trips he made in 2009 to the United States. He was allowed in only after receiving a waiver from a rule that forbids entry to foreigners guilty of “a crime involving moral turpitude,” a term that government lawyers generally interpret to include fraud.
Riady’s return to the United States poses a prickly question for Hillary Clinton’s State Department: How and why did a foreign billionaire stained by Clinton-era scandals get a U.S. visa after being kept out for so long under the Bush administration?
Oh, and that $20,000 Riady donated to Bill Clinton’s philanthropic foundation? Nah, no appearance of a quid pro quo there