Sen. Kamala Harris’ statement that she practiced law to “protect people” rings hollow as evidence emerges that Sen. Kamala Harris had personal reasons for failing to investigate Herbalife when she was Attorney General of the state of California.
While the FTC was investigating the company and prosecutors in San Diego were urging her to do the same, then-AG Kamala Harris opted to simply ignore Herbalife as doing so would benefit both her and her husband.
At the time prosecutors in San Diego asked Harris to investigate Herbalife, she was not only the Attorney General of California but was also running for Senate. She received a campaign donation from Heather Podesta, the ex-wife of Tony Podesta and head of the Podesta Group. The Podesta Group had been working for Herbalife since 2016. Herbalife later hired a top Podesta deputy to serve as its own government relations official. Heather Podesta’s own lobbying firm began working for Herbalife shortly after sending Harris a donation, earning $250,000 for lobbying work on Herbalife’s behalf. Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, was working at the law firm Venable, which was representing Herbalife at the time.
Not surprisingly, Harris never mentioned that there was an enormous conflict of interest in her decision to avoid investigating Herbalife. In fact, to this day the senator from California has never given an explanation for avoiding an investigation into a pyramid scheme that is known to prey on economically disadvantaged individuals. Instead, her campaign has sought to justify her actions by pointing out all the other large companies and business interests that she targeted. While it is true that Harris has gone after big banks and Corinthian College, it can be assumed that these institutions were not donating to her Senate campaign or employing close relatives at the time.
The Herbalife debacle isn’t the only unsavory scandal from Sen. Harris’ career. When she worked as a San Francisco District Attorney, it was brought to her attention that a crime lab technician who testified on behalf of the prosecution was unreliable. According to California law, Kamala Harris was obligated to make this information known to defense attorneys; however, she failed to do so.
When a superior court judge harshly rebuked then-DA Kamala Harris for her unethical behavior, she attempted to blame the police department and even slander the judge who ruled against her. However, as the scandal unfolded, Harris was forced to dismiss 1,000 drug-related cases even though she originally thought that only about 20 cases would be affected.
She used her romantic relationship with former SF mayor Willie Brown to become District Attorney for San Francisco in the first place. As Willie Brown recently told the San Francisco Chronicle, he dated Kamala Harris in the 1990s and then boosted her career by appointing her to two state commissions and helping her with her DA election race.
Harris’ unethical behavior is being brushed under the rug and excused by those who want to see her take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. However, there are so many scandals surrounding her career that they are becoming increasingly hard to ignore.
The Herbalife debacle clearly shows that Sen. Harris clearly puts profits and personal gain above helping the poor that she claims to be so concerned about. However, as the senator from California is almost certain to discover, past misdeeds have a way of catching up with a person, especially if the person in question opts to run for public office.
Her decision to ignore Herbalife has earned her the dislike of Hispanic activists who could be instrumental in helping her gain the support of Hispanic voters. Sen. Harris now has to explain to voters across the nation why she not only failed to investigate a company that the FTC, FBI and other state attorneys general were investigating, but also why she hid the fact that she had a conflict of interest in the whole matter.
~ Conservative Zone