A major Democratic insider and frequent donor to the Clintons, Abdul Huda Farouki, was indicted and charged for allegedly defrauding the United States military of $9 billion worth of government contracts while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
Now, under President Donald Trump, they’re finally going to face justice.
According to authorities, Farouki and his associates lied to the U.S. military to get an $8 billion, 10-year contract to supply food to American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan in 2012. That year, they also signed a nearly $1 billion contract to supply trucking and logistical resources to the area. The deals were signed in 2012, while Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State.
To cut costs on the deals, Farouki’s Dubai-based Anham corporation allegedly had supplies illegally shipped through Iran despite U.S. sanctions, prosecutors claim. Anham is one of America’s largest wartime contractors.
Critics point out that Farouki is a major contributor to the Clintons and other Democrats, and was also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative at the time he allegedly violated U.S. sanctions. According to The Epoch Times, Farouki and his wife have contributed over $320,000 to the Clintons and other leading Democratic lawmakers since the 1990s.
Farouki’s brother Mazen and Salah Maarouf, both of which worked closely with the Anham corporation, were also indicted and charged.
The indictment states that, during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State, Farouki was awarded the $8 billion supply contract that required the bidder to have a large number of warehouses pre-built in Afghanistan that could store food for American troops. Anham allegedly claimed his company was in the process of completing these facilities when awarded the contract.
According to the indictment, that was a lie. Construction had barely started months after the bid was submitted, authorities said. However, Farouki arranged equipment in Afghanistan to “create the false appearance of an active construction site.”
That’s just the beginning of the alleged crimes. Once construction advanced, Farouki’s company shipped large amounts of their needed supplies through Iran as a cost-cutting measure. This was allegedly in direct violation of U.S. sanctions.
Once Hillary left office in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported on these alleged sanction violations. Authorities say Farouki then lied to the Department of Defense and his company’s investors by claiming no senior executive at his company knew about the Iranian plan. However, the indictment says Farouki and his fellow defendants “routinely discussed in internal communications the transshipment of warehouse components through Iran, for the purpose of saving time and decreasing the need to expend costs for the project prior to the awarding of the … contract.”
Under Hillary, Anham was also awarded the $984 million National Afghan Trucking contract, where Farouki’s company would supply the U.S. military with trucking services in Afghanistan.
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Authorities say the company shipped these trucks through Iran “rather than ship trucks to Afghanistan using legal but relatively expensive routes,” and noted that this was a direct violation of U.S. sanctions.
The three men made their initial appearance on Nov. 29 in front of Judge Michael Harvey in Washington, D.C. All three pleaded not guilty.
The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday. They’ll be appearing before D.C. District Judge Trevor McFadden, an appointee of President Donald Trump.
— Stephen Dietrich is the Associate Publisher of The Horn News