Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Amb to Belgium Howard Gutman Accused of Soliciting Prostitutes--Including Minors

A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking members at State of a massive cover-up. A damning internal memo claims the State Department called off an investigation into allegations that U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman repeatedly trawled public parks in search of prostitutes, including minors.  

According to an internal memo obtained by the MailOnline, Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy ordered the investigation closed shortly after it was opened.  The case against Ambassador Gutman, was being investigated by the State Department's Inspector General. The IG's investigating agent 'had determined that the ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,' the IG memo states. 'As the agent began to plan surveillance on the ambassador to obtain corroboration, the agent reportedly received notification that [Kennedy] had directed [the IG] to cease the investigation and have the agent return to Washington.'

Any mention of the cases were removed from an IG report about problems within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which provides protection and investigates crimes involving any State Department workers overseas.  

Ambassador Howard Gutman is sort of a celebrity in Belgium. Gutman has been dubbed by one Belgian newspaper as “the most popular ambassador ever in Belgium" and another leading Belgian newspaper ran a major profile entitled: “The Ambassador Who Makes Us Love America Again".  Besides Patrick Kennedy, who else at the State Department or the White House were involved in the cover-up?

Let's take a look at Howard Gutman's past contacts.  Gutman has raised money for Al Gore, served on the legal team representing Gore in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore, was part of the Obama National Finance Committee and later a trustee on the Presidential Inauguration Committee.  Gutman and his wife, Michelle Loewinger, have contributed at least $86,150 to Democratic candidates, parties and committees since 1989. 

Gutman contributed the legal maximum of $2300 to Bill Clinton’s presidential bid. Both he and his wife contributed the legal maximum of $4600 a piece to Obama’s presidential run.  Gutman was a top donor to President Obama, having raised a total of $775,000 for his 2008 campaign and inauguration committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

This guy no doubt has friends in high places, so it's no surprise there is a cover-up. It's called quid pro quo.  Hillary Clinton will have much to answer for if she runs for the White House in 2016.  Benghazi and the cover-up of potential crimes within the State Department will be some of the biggest questions to arise.  Her dirty dealings from her Arknasas days and the scandals during Bill Clinton's two terms in the White House will also creep back onto the national stage. 

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