State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m; Hillary Clintons COS copied on all decisions

A joint investigation by theWashington Examinerand the nonprofit watchdog groupJudicial Watchfound that formerPresident Clintongave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation duringHillary Clinton?s tenure assecretary of state.

According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoingFreedom of Information Actcase,State Departmentofficials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton?s proposed speeches did not object to a single one.

Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots and were paid for by entities with business or policy interests in the U.S.

The documents also show that in June 2011, theState Department approved a consulting agreementbetween Bill Clinton and a controversial Clinton Foundation adviser, Doug Band.

The consultancy with Band?s Teneo Strategy ended eight months later following an uproar over Teneo?s ties to the failed investment firm MF Global.

State Department legal advisers, serving as designated agency ethics officials,? approved Bill Clinton?s speeches inChina,Russia,Saudi Arabia,Egypt, theUnited Arab Emirates,Panama,Turkey,Taiwan,India, the Cayman Islands and other countries.

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