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Just a day after Hillary Clinton raked in a $225,000 speaking fee from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Foundation, Bill Clinton was hot on her money-making trail, back in New York on Tuesday earning what one source said was a similar six-figure payday from Veritas Capital, a private equity firm.
While Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Senator from New York, secretary of state and prospective 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke about the need to make higher education more affordable, her husband, the former president, talked to a gathering of Wall Street executives at the swanky Four Season Hotel in Midtown Manhattan about his views on recent current events, such as Ebola and terrorism. Bill Clinton was the key note lunch speaker for the Veritas Capital annual meeting.
A spokesman for Bill Clinton declined to comment and wouldn’t deny that the former president received a 6-figure speaking fee; Alexandra LaManna, a representative for the firm Sard Verbinnen which represents Veritas, also wouldn’t deny the account.
A Veritas executive told FOX Business that Bill Clinton’s speech was “just the usual stuff,” though he described Clinton as “relaxed” as he spoke to the private equity firm.
Both Clintons have come under criticism for accepting large speaking fees from major Wall Street firms, even as Hillary Clinton claimed recently that her and her husband were “dead broke” after he left office in 2001. Since then both have become millionaires through various business ventures, including speaking engagements sponsored by large corporations and major Wall Street investment banks.
Hillary Clinton, for instance, earned $400,000 from Goldman Sachs for just two speaking engagements back in 2013.
But such speeches are likely to become a campaign issue if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, particularly if she faces a challenger from the far left of her party, such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been critical of the Clintons’ ties to big banks and other major corporations.
Bill Clinton’s choice of Veritas would only add to the impression that Hillary Clinton, once elected to offices, would show favoritism to her supporters in the business community. Veritas, for instance, has come under criticism for investing in defense contractors that have won contracts through what whistleblowers have said were questionable means. Veritas has denied any wrongdoing.
In 2012, Veritas was in the news again, when its founder, Bob McKeon, hung himself in his home in Darien, Connecticut.
SAN DIMAS, California (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday spared from future development nearly 350,000 acres of land within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, a move that cheered environmentalists but sparked new criticism of Obama’s willingness to use his executive authority.
Obama used his authority under the federal Antiquities Act to turn the area into a national monument. He cited President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to preserve parts of the Yosemite Valley without ever having seen it as inspiration for steps he’s taken in office to preserve more than 3 million acres of public lands.
“And I’m not finished,” Obama said, making the announcement at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, where picturesque views of the San Gabriel Mountains under blue sky provided the backdrop. “We are looking at additional opportunities to preserve federal lands and waters, and I’ll continue to do so, especially where communities are speaking up.”
Supporters say Obama’s move will provide recreational opportunities for millions of people, particularly minorities and children, who live in Los Angeles County. The county is one of the most disadvantaged areas in terms of access to open space, according to the White House.
“For Angelenos, the San Gabriels are like having Yellowstone next door,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Now the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty right in their backyards.”
Local officials and some lawmakers faulted Obama for acting without support from Congress or the public, but Obama said officials heard from a lot of urban families who said this area constituted their only outdoor space and that their children didn’t have parks.
Officials also expressed concerns about potential use restrictions on the hundreds of thousands of acres that will be forever preserved.
“Once again this administration is taking unilateral action without congressional or public input,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “I strongly support multiple use of our national forests and other public lands, but this decision severely limits usage.”
Just last month, he created the world’s largest marine preserve by expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean.
Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first black American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. As of 2014 Holder is one of three members of the original Obama cabinet that are still serving in their posts, the others being Tom Vilsack and Arne Duncan.
Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. While a U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (D–Illinois) for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama’s vice-presidential selection committee. As a result of his refusal to meet the documentation demands of the Fast and Furious investigation, he became the only cabinet member in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.
On September 25, 2014, the Justice Department said Holder would resign as soon as his successor is confirmed.
Attorney General Eric Holder should be held in contempt of court for refusing to release “Fast and Furious” documents in line with a judge’s order — and even given jail time if necessary, lawmakers said.
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to fine Mr. Holder if he doesn’t comply with her own order issued back in August — the one where she said he couldn’t claim executive privilege to keep private certain documents related to the federal gun-running program, “Operation Fast and Furious,” Politico reported.