Senator John McCain cut off questions about a $1 million donation by the government of Saudi Arabia on Friday. Apparently, he stated that the non-profit organization that received the donation shared his name but had no other ties to him.
McCain denied that he had any link to the McCain Institute for International Leadership, despite the fact the organization was founded in 2012 with $9 gift of leftover money from his 2008 presidential campaign.
John explained that he was proud that the organization uses his name, but he has nothing to do with it. He added that the only association he has with the non-profit organization is the use of his name.
The reporter asked McCain how this compared to Clinton Foundations’ donations from foreign governments. Hillary’s questionable donations have put her in an awkward position.
“Look at what the Clinton Institute has raised in the form of money. I mean, come on, there’s no connection there. I’ve answered all the questions that I am going to answer about this issue.”
The McCain Institute website shows several long time supporters as trustees including Don Brandt, who was the finance committee chairman during his presidential campaign in 2008.
While John may have been honest about the fact that he doesn’t have any control over the McCain Institute, he helps them with fundraisers and speaks at events.
It raises eyebrows when you consider that McCain’s thoughts on war and peace seem perfectly in line with Saudi Arabia. It seems suspicious that the Saudi government would give a U.S. Senator’s non-profit organization $1 million and not expect anything in return.
It doesn’t help that McCain refused to answer any questions that could have explained his connection to both the non-profit organization and the Saudi donation.
At this point, John McCain looks guilty and it appears he has something to hide.