Last week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned after being convicted on nine felony counts, including obstruction of justice, perjury and leaking grand jury testimony to the media against her political opponent. Kane, a Democrat, was an up-and-coming star of sorts in a party decimated by two mid- term elections.
She also has deep ties to Hillary Clinton, having quit her job as a DA in 2007 to join Clinton’s failed campaign for President. Hillary not only endorsed her for Attorney General, but Bill Clinton campaigned for and cut ads for her.
This is, of course, just a minor blight on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a one-time deal where the impeccable Clintons find themselves tainted by just one bad criminal association.
Kane is just one of several Clinton associates who have found themselves in trouble with the law—in this election cycle alone. Let’s run down the list the rest of the media has pretty much skated over as they clear a path for Hillary’s historic, history-making campaign to become the historically first historic female President:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
McAuliffe came under FBI investigation in May for allegedly making illegal campaign donations during his time as a board member at, you guessed it, the Clinton Global Initiative. The allegations, again you guessed it, involved a high-profile Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, who donated as much as $120,000 to McAuliffe. Just another one of those darn coincidences by a close Clinton confidant.
Silver, a former New York State Assembly Speaker and Democrat heavyweight in New York, was convicted on federal corruption charges last year just as Hillary was fretting over her email server and ramping up for her campaign launch. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison for using his position to fleece taxpayers for over $5 million. Oh, he also just happens to be the person Hillary credits most with launching her political career in New York. She has used his law firm on several occasions.
Ng Lap Seng
Chinese Billionaire and Clinton mega donor Ng Lap Seng was arrested in October in a UN bribery conspiracy. Seng made several trips to New York carrying suitcases of money allegedly for UN officials, and at the time of his arrest was sporting a $200,000 watch. Seng also enjoyed 10 visits to Bill Clinton’s White House and was a Clinton-Gore supporter. Party like it’s 1996!
Mikel Watts, a prominent San Antonio attorney, and six other co-defendants were accused of conspiring to file fraudulent claims against BP Oil, which included stealing the identities of victims who were not represented by the firm. He allegedly created fake victims to defraud BP out of chunks of a $2 billion settlement. BP’s lengthy trial wrapped up last week, and Watts was acquitted of charges by a jury. This is great news for Hillary Clinton, and for Watts, a prominent fundraiser for Ready For Hillary PAC, and a Texas Democrat super donor, who has contributed to everyone from Barack Obama to Julian Castro.
Chatwal, a major campaign bundler for Hillary Clinton in 2008, pled guilty in 2014 to making more than $180,000 in illegal campaign donations between 2007 and 2011. Those illegal donations magically somehow found their way to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Chatwal attended two state dinners in 2000 with then-President Bill. In 2000, he hosted a fundraiser for Senate Candidate Hillary that raised half-a-million dollars. He was sentenced to three years probation. Lucky him.
Again, all of this happened during the current presidential campaign cycle, where the unsuspecting Clintons have somehow found themselves once again involved with all these shady characters.
Hillary had similar issues in 2008 with being innocently tied to dubious characters like Abdul Rehman Jinnah and Mauricio Celis. Not to mention the fallout from Hassan Nemazee, Hillary’s national finance chairman for her 2008 campaign, or William Danielczyk, who illegally reimbursed himself for donations to the Clintons in 2011.
And let’s not forget Norman Hsu, a prominent donor to her 2007 Senate campaign, or Charlie Trie, or Yau Cheng—all became convicted felons after making their way into the Clinton inner circle thanks to their fundraising prowess.
This is all fine, though. I’m sure when Hillary is sworn in, she will do a better job of making sure the Presidency is protected from such strange goings-on and be extra diligent to make sure such Scooby Doo-like villains won’t be able to come near her, as they have done for the past 25 years.
Stephen Miller is a digital media designer and contributor. He also publishes and produces The Wilderness, which focuses on viral politics and culture media.