The former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accepted a $ 1 million gift from Qatar for her husband's birthday without informing the State Department, according to a former official at “Clinton Foundation.”
The Standard Republic website reported that Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 as a gift to mark Bill Clinton's 65th birthday.
The report added that Qatari officials sought to meet with the former US president in person to present the check, according to an e-mail from John Podesta, the presidential campaign chairman of the former Secretary of State.
The e-mail was published last month, after hacking Bodesta’s account, by Wikileaks.
The report adds that Clinton signed an ethics agreement that governing her family’s globe-straddling foundation to become a foreign minister in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid the emergence of any US foreign policy that could be swayed by wealthy donors.
The agreement also requires the State Department's ethics officer to be informed of the willingness of any foreign government to donate or provide financial support such as what Qatar did to support the family or its foundations. That rule Clinton preferred not to follow.
Although the US State Department said it had no evidence about the Qatari gift to the Foundation, the Clinton Foundation website confirmed that the Government of Qatar had directly provided between $ 1 million and $ 5 million to the Foundation.