Official At Center Of GreenTech Scandal Also Got Clinton Pardon For Drug Trafficker


A new Inspector General’s report shows that Terry McAuliffe “received special treatment on behalf of his electric-car company from a top official at the Department of Homeland Security.”

That top official is Alejandro Mayorkas, whose intervention on behalf of McAuliffe’s GreenTech Automotive company “was unprecedented.” The Washington Post noted:

But members of the department’s staff perceived Mayorkas’s actions as “politically motivated,” and the report concluded that he had “created an appearance of favoritism and special access.”

The Wall Street Journal provides a convenient background on Mayorkas’ history with the Clintons:

You may remember Mr. Mayorkas. In the final days of the Clinton Administration, while working as a U.S. prosecutor in California, he called the Clinton White House to seek an early prison release for convicted cocaine trafficker Carlos Vignali. Mr. Mayorkas called at the request of Vignali’s father, a prominent Democratic donor, who had also paid Hugh Rodham (Mrs. Clinton’s other brother) $200,000 to lobby for the commutation. Mr. Clinton granted clemency on his last day in office.