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Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 8, No. 48
A weekly outreach to our friends and colleagues in Canada
Weekly Washington Wrap
- President Obama made it to Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week following last week’s devastating floods across a large swath of the state. In what’s being called the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, epic flooding has damaged more than 60,000 homes, displaced thousands of residents, and left 13 dead. Obama had been criticized for not interrupting his vacation on exclusive Martha's Vineyard last week to visit Louisiana while holding a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, visited the stricken state last week, donating $100,000 to a local church, and handing out supplies.
- A federal judge ordered Monday that the State Department must review some 15,000 additional Hillary Clinton emails the FBI discovered in its probe of Clinton’s home rigged server and the private email she used to conduct official State Department business for the years she worked as Obama’s top diplomat. Republicans are calling for an expedited process in order to ensure the thousands of documents are released before Election Day. These were documents not disclosed previously by Clinton or her team. Additionally, former Secretary of State Colin Powell is rejecting reports that he was the one who suggested to Clinton she use a private email account while leading the US Department of State. Powell told media outlets that Clinton’s “people” were trying to “pin” that on him. Powell was responding to a New York Times report that revealed Clinton had told FBI investigators that Powell was the inspiration for her email set-up.
- Meanwhile, in a first of its kind investigation examining the nexus between the Clinton-run State Department and the Clinton Foundation, the Associated Press reported Tuesday that “more than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.” According to the AP: “It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs.” All told, the donors who connected with Secretary Clinton served up $156 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton slammed the AP report last night on CNN saying, “I know there is a lot of smoke and there is no fire.” A State Department spokesman also pushed back against any wrongdoing saying agency officials are not aware of any department actions influenced by the Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton said last week the family foundation would not accept foreign and corporate donations if (Hillary) Clinton is elected president. It took the AP several years to do this investigation as it first sought Clinton’s calendar and schedules three years ago. State Department delays led the AP to sue last year in federal court for those materials and other records.
- GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is being accused of flip-flopping on his hardline immigration plan this week. Trump has softened his rhetoric, signaling an openness to a path to legal status for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally.
Better in Banff
Your former US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, spent much of this week in beautiful Banff where he was honored to participate in the 2016 Canadian Energy Executive Association Business Forum. Wilkins participated on a panel examining the current US presidential campaign and the impacts of November’s election on Canada. The panel included Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and former Canadian Energy Minister Joe Oliver. It was moderated by former Alberta MLA and representative in Washington, Gary Mar.
Western Wonders! Gary Mar, Alberta Minister of Energy Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Governor Mary Fallin, and David Wilkins talked the “unconventional” US election in Banff this week.
It was terrific to catch up with friendly faces including Canada’s former ambassador to the US Gary Doer; former Quebec Premier Jean Charest; CAPP’s Tim McMillan; Alberta power couple Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell and the most honorable Doug Mitchell; TSO Energy President and CEO Earl Hickok; Saskatchewan businessman extraordinaire Paul Hill, and so many others!
They Said What?
- "Jimmy, my emails are so boring. And I'm embarrassed about that. They're so boring. So we've already released, I don't know, 30,000 plus, so what's a few more?" – Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the discovery of 15,000 more of her undisclosed emails on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.
- “Can you imagine if Richard Nixon had said, ‘What are you talking about? I've already released thousands of hours of audiotapes. What do you need 18 more minutes for?’ Can you imagine? The Rose Mary Woods missing 18 minutes, and Nixon, ‘Come on, you've got how many hours of stuff, what do you mean, 18 more minutes, what do you need that for?’” – Conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh on Clinton’s Kimmel appearance and her take on thousands of more undisclosed emails.
- "Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here ... it was helpful,” – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, on CNN regarding the visit of Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the flood ravaged state last week.
- "The survivors of the flooding in Louisiana are not well served by a political discussion; they're well served by a competent, effective, strong, coordinated government response,” – White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday defending President Obama who declined to cut his vacation short last week on Martha’s Vineyard to visit Louisiana after catastrophic floods.
- “The debates will determine the selection…(Clinton) remains a stronger candidate at this time than her opponent. But all that can change with a single response to a single question,” – GOP pollster Frank Luntz on CNN regarding the current status of the Trump-Clinton matchup and the outsized impact he predicts the debates will have on the election.
If you are interested in the possibility of having Ambassador Wilkins speak at an event, please contact Christy Cox at Christy.Cox@nelsonmullins.com or call 803.255.9470.
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