Last Wednesday (12-20-17), President Trump signed Executive Order 13818 “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption.”
To forestall potential lawsuits, the Order opens by referencing the pertinent public law and US Codes granting him authority. Some will, no doubt, argue their veracity in contrast to the scope of the order, especially as it pertains to the potential target(s) of the order, but that may have been the intent.
The Order clearly targets international human rights abuse and corruption that threaten US interests.
“I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”
But, there is far more to it…
If you’ve been following the renewed interest in the Uranium One debacle, the Order essentially issues authority to freeze the assets of anyone “responsible for or complicit in” it. See below. Emphasis mine.
“I hereby determine and order:
Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:
(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order;
(ii) any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:
(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;
(B) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:
(1) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or…
Sec. 3. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.”
If pursued with the tenacity of a Robert Mueller investigation, this could blow the top off the entire Clinton Foundation.
The Order continues to include an annex list of thirteen individuals as the initial target of the Order, but the wording seems to cast a broad enough net to snare scores of others.
Just in time for General Sessions to renew the investigation into Uranium One? Fox News seems to think an investigation is possible.
Interesting… What say you?