An investigation by ABC News has uncovered how a major donor to the Clinton Foundation ended up on a top intelligence advisory board during Clinton’s term as Secretary of State – even though he was completely unqualified.
Rajiv K. Fernando appeared on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) in August 2011, sitting alongside a group of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress to advise Hillary Clinton on top secret matters regarding the use of nuclear weapons and on other arms control issues, ABC News reports. Other board members had no idea who he was, as he had no known background in nuclear security.
ABC News first contacted the State Department in August 2011, requesting a copy of Fernando’s resume. Now newly released emails from the State Department reveal the panic they were in over the request, with one email saying, “We must protect the Secretary’s and Under Secretary’s name, as well as the integrity of the Board.”
Within a few days, he suddenly resigned from the board, stating he needed more time to devote to his business. ABC News approached Fernando at the Democratic national convention, but he refused to speak with them, and Security threatened to have them arrested for asking questions. WATCH VIDEO:
From the ABC News Report:
Fernando is now a board member of a private group called the American Security Project, which describes itself as “a nonpartisan organization created to educate the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in the 21st Century.” He also identifies himself online as a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and says he’s involved with a Washington think tank.
And he continued to donate to Democrats, and to Clinton. He emerged as one of the first “bundlers” to raise money for Clinton’s 2016 bid. And in July 2015, he hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at his Chicago home. Fernando has also continued to donate to the Clinton Foundation. He now is listed on the charity’s website as having given between $1 million and $5 million.
About six months after Fernando resigned from the State Department advisory board, he was invited to attend a White House State Dinner, honoring the British Prime Minister. And this summer Fernando will serve as a super delegate at the Democratic National Convention. According to Chicago media reports, he has committed to supporting Clinton.
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