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PostIs the 2016 Election Rigged? Did Citigroup Mandate Obama's Cabinet Choices? (Massoud Malek, USA, 11/07/16 2:07 am)
Did Bernie Sander have any chance to win the Democratic nomination? Is Donald Trump wrong when he says that the election is "rigged"? Hillary Clinton, a pawn of Wall Street who gets her questions for the debates from a mole in CNN, will be our next Commander-in-Chief.
According to Wikileaks, one month before the presidential election of 2008, the giant Wall Street bank Citigroup submitted to the Obama campaign a list of its preferred candidates for cabinet positions in an Obama administration. This list corresponds almost exactly to the eventual composition of Barack Obama's cabinet.
The emails released from WikiLeaks on October 18, show that President Obama was communicating directly with Michael Froman of Citigroup in 2008, who fed Obama lists of recommended appointments to his cabinet.
Following up on your conversations with John over the weekend, attached are two documents: -
A list of African American, Latino and Asian American candidates, divided between Cabinet/Deputy and Under/Assistant/Deputy Assistant Secretary levels, as well as lists of senior Native Americans, Arab/Muslim Americans and Disabled Americans.
We have longer lists, but these are candidates whose names have been recommended by a number of sources for senior level jobs in a potential Administration. -
A list of women, similarly divided between candidates for Cabinet/Deputy and other senior level positions.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
On the email from Froman dated October 6, 2008, Hillary Clinton shows up on his list for Secretary of State or head of the US Department of Health and Human Services. In a separate list attached to the email, Eric Holder was recommended for US Attorney General at the Department of Justice or as White House Counsel. In less than a month after Obama's election as President on November 4, 2008, Obama had nominated Clinton to be his Secretary of State and Holder as his Attorney General. Despite the unprecedented corruption rooted out on Wall Street by regulators, Holder failed to prosecute any of Wall Street's top executives for the crimes that led to the greatest financial crash since the Great Depression.
JE comments: We are seeing theories by the score at the close of a long, long election cycle. Genuine or not, the above Citigroup diktat fits into the notion of "pay to play." This is how politics works.
Remember the discussion fifteen years ago on "meaningful campaign finance reform"? McCain-Feingold (2002) closed the door on large direct contributions, but opened a sneakier, nastier window to "soft money."
Is this election "rigged"? Or is it the entire system that is unfair?