Kirsters Baish| As you might already be aware, Nxivm founder Keith Raniere is currently facing a flurry of racketeering charges, but now we are finding out that Hillary Clinton might have had something to do with it.
The Daily Mail UK reports:
Court documents filed by the US Attorney’s office prior to the trail detail how multiple members of the cult – including all five of the defendants who were indicted in the case – exceeded the legal limit for campaign donations when giving money to Clinton’s first campaign for president.
That motion, which sought to have evidence admitted to the case to support the racketeering allegations against the defendants, said that the funds were donated in hope of gaining influence over Clinton.
This plan hit an unexpected snag however when Clinton failed to even make it past the primary, with the former senator’s momentum halted by the man who would go on to win the presidency, Barack Obama.
‘Witness testimony, corroborated by documentary evidence, will demonstrate that at least 14 members of the Nxivm community, including at least five defendants and co-conspirators, made the maximum campaign donation to a primary campaign with the understanding that they would be reimbursed by Bronfman or Nancy Salzman,” the filing states.
According to the filing, “At the suggestion of a political operative, who has since pleaded guilty to an unrelated New York state bribery charge also involving campaign contributions, the contributions were ‘bundled’ and presented to the candidate at a fundraising event attended by conspirators, including Nancy Salzman.”
It also says, “A cooperating witness who attended the event will testify that the defendants and their co-conspirators made the contributions in hopes of obtaining political influence to advance their own agenda, including targeting perceived enemies of Raniere.”
“Specifically, the bundled campaign contributions were part of an attempt to curry favor with a presidential nominee to advance the goals of the defendants and co-conspirators, including by obtaining indictments against enemies and gaining advantages in litigation,” the US Attorney’s office explained in the filing.
“The evidence of the conduit contributions also demonstrates the relatedness of the predicate acts, because it demonstrates the attitude of defendants and co-conspirators that they must ‘cheat to win’ to fight the conspiracy they believed was operating against them.”