Clinton Approved Arms Sales After Big Donations from Bahrain

Clinton and Crown Prince Bahrain AFP
One of the more eyebrow-raising stories from the Clinton Foundation “pay to play” scandal is Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain – whose kingdom donated up to $150,000 directly to the Foundation, plus another $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative – securing a meeting with the Secretary of State, after which she approved some highly controversial arms sales to Bahrain. Josh Rogin at the Washington Post tried to give Clinton a little cover on the pay-to-play scandal, although he was highly critical of the Bahrain arms deal. Rogin slammed the deal as “part of the Obama Administration’s overall muddled reaction to the Arab Spring,” but dismissed the idea that Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Kahlifa obtained his meeting with Clinton by pumping money into her family foundation: Of course, the heir to the throne of a major non-NATO ally does not need to donate to get a meeting with the U.S. secretary of State. Salman met regularly with Clinton and other senior Obama administration officials throughout the first term of the administration, and there’s no evidence he donated to foundations related to President Obama, Vice President Biden or then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who all gave him the red carpet treatment. “Secretary Clinton’s closeness