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diseases for which we know the molecular cause. we only have treatments for 500 of them. to be able to stand at the helm and steer that forward is a dream come through. have a great week and we'll see you next fox news sunday. thank you for the work that amsterdam has done. i thank the abu dhabi global environmental data initiative for bringing us all here. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. >> the clintons have been cashing in. >> they took in something like $136 million. >> but have they also been selling out? >> everybody walked away from the table that night with something. >> reporter: the clinton's influence is felt all over the globe. >> bill clinton did a good job. >> it sounds like there's a but here. >> will it all come back to haunt hillary? >> we are talking about
uranium. we're talking about the russian government. >> we'll be subjected to all kinds of distraction and attacks. i'm ready for that. >> fox news reports, "the tangled clinton web." from washington d.c., bret baier. >> behind me is a city with more concentrated power than any in the world. washington. and hillary clinton wants the top job in town. ever since she announced her candidacy for president, her past has attracted new scrutiny. one aspect of her record is that she and husband bill have spent years making millions. and handing out even more to various causes. they say they're doing good work, but some people now claim their activities raise questions of influenced peddling on a global scale. tonight we'll look at those charges. this is a story that goes around the world. we'll start in haiti.
january 12, 2010, haiti suffers a devastating 7.0 earthquake. more than 200,000 die and over 100,000 buildings and homes are destroyed. within four days u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton arrives to survey the damage. >> i want to assure the people of haiti that the united states is a friend, a partner, and a supporter. >> two days later former president clinton was on the ground. >> i hope that they'll be rebuilt in a more stronger and sustainable way. i think they want that. >> bill clinton was previously named u.n. special envoy for haiti. he and hillary had special ties for the country, even honeymooning there. the united states agency for international development would
oversee america's relief effort. the government of haiti set up the ihrc, interim haiti recovery commission, to coordinate. two men were named co-chairs of the ihrc executive committee. the haitian prime minister joe max belaree and bill clinton himself. the idea was not just to fix things but improve them. in an interview with "esquire" president clinton had big plans, said, wouldn't it be great if they became the first wireless nation in the world. they could, i'm telling you, they really could. but it wasn't at all clear that the people of haiti would be the big winners in the disaster relief gold rush. >> any time there's a natural disaster anywhere there is a lot of money potentially to be made in reconstruction contracts and relief contracts, et cetera. >> peter schweitzer is the new author of the book "clinton
cash" where he talks about the snarl and personal interest that came to characterize the clinton's interaction around the world. "clinton cash" is published by harper collins, a sister company to fox news. >> shortly after the earthquake took place, the u.s. ambassador in haiti sent a memo entitled the gold rush is on. the memo was about the fact that businessmen and companies were showing up in haiti trying to seek lucrative contracts. >> it was the job of the ihrc to oversee this process and to ensure no one took advantage of the situation. but what if it was part of the problem? >> a number of members of the ihrc actually wrote a letter expressing their concerns they were not involved in the process, that all the decisions were being made by clinton and belaree, and they argued that the national priorities of haiti were basically being totally
disregarded by the decisions that were being made. >> as haiti dug itself out of the rubble, many projects were initiated often with u.s. money and a connection to the clintons. for instance, there was the haitian mobile money initiative where a much-needed system was created to help transfer money via cell phones. there was also a plan to raise money by exploiting haiti's rich mineral wealth. >> the hay shan government announces that they're going to offer two so-called gold exploitation permits. the first issued in 50 years in haiti that would allow for the extraction of the gold mines in the country. >> perhaps the most celebrated project of all was the coal industrial farm. >> what is happening here is already having a ripple effect that will create jobs and opportunities far beyond this industrial park. >> the grand opening was a big deal. you had bill clinton there, you had hillary clinton there, you had donna karen, the fashion
designer, you had ben stillar, sean penn, a lot of people showed up to say how wonderful this facility was going to be for everybody. >> but as all these projects moved forward, questions were raised. the central question how so many of these deals seemed to come back at some point in the clintons. >> what quickly became apparent to many people was that if you wanted a contract and wanted to do business in haiti, you had to have a relationship with the clintons. that was absolutely key. >> the company that cleaned up on the cell phone transfers was digicel. >> in the six months running up to 2012 they took in close to $50 million in revenue in haiti. >> it's run by irish billionaire dennis o'brien.
who set up numerous speeches for bill clinton as well as donating millions of his own money to the clinton foundation. and one company that gold a bare permit was bcs mining, that didn't have much mining experience but soon could have hillary clinton's brother, tony rodham, on the board. as for the industrial park, the anchored tenant is a korean manufacturer which supplies major u.s. retailers, who also happen to be big clinton supporters. and while the state department promised 65,000 jobs, to date, only 5,000 have been delivered. as for those other projects, they didn't exactly work out as promised. we'll go into depth on that later in the program. but first, though bill clinton may have left office a while ago, he and hillary's influence is still felt worldwide. and their fingers are in a whole lot of pies. when we return, we look into this world of clinton clout. how it came to be and how it
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to catch yourself with the clinton story, here's ed henry. >> my fellow citizens, tonight is my last opportunity to speak to you from the oval office as your president. >> january 2001, bill clinton has completed two terms as president but he's got bills to pay. >> we came out of the white house not only dead broke but in debt. it was not easy. bill has worked really hard. >> that he has, traveling around the world making speeches of up to $750,000 a pop. hillary clinton has also made six-figure sums for her personal appearances. >> the clintons, particularly after bill left office, had gone from dead broke to fabulously wealthy. their income in the 12 years
following his exit of the presidency up to 2012, they took in something like $136 million. >> peter schweitzer is the author of "clinton cash" due out on may 5th. >> it came from speaking fees, book sources and other deals of income. the bottom line is nobody else in political history has come close from being dead broke to fabulously wealthy in a short period of time. >> when confronted with all that income in an interview with abc news' diane sawer, hillary explained. >> i thought making speeches with us much better than being connected with one group or company as so many people who leave public life do. >> but there was also an organization that the clintons set up with an ambitious global agenda. an entity that would take in far more money than bill and hillary's income combined. people walking past this building in the heart of manhattan probably have no idea who the tenant is on the 17th floor. that's because there's no sign indicating it's the world headquarters of the bill,
hillary and chelsea clinton foundation. he's not president anymore and she's not president yet, but still the clinton foundation represents sort of a power that was founded in 2001 as the william j. clinton presidential foundation with the state admission partially government and private resources to attack hunger, poverty, climate change and disease. in other words, basically solving the world's problems. >> together we can be there for all of our neighbors around the block, around the country and around the world. >> he is enormously proud of him. >> a former adviser to the clinton administration. >> he can go anywhere in the world and promote causes of social justice in ways virtually no one else can do. >> as it happened, the clinton's new project situated them at the
next -- nexus of global influence and power. >> you have to start with people. you have to give them a chance to live the best life they can. >> it's been estimated that the foundation can raise more than a billion dollars. >> the concern is that the contributions to the clinton foundations for these speaking fees are being provided, not simply out of the kindness of the heart of these individuals, but because they want something from the clintons. and my contention is there seems to be a pattern of behavior in which they are actually giving those individuals what they want. >> many high-ranking politicians in both parties have set up foundations, but the clintons are a power couple unlike any the world has ever seen. for not only is bill an ex-president, already a rare power broker, but in hillary they have someone who was a senator and then a secretary of state, and who might be president. >> clinton foundation, i have questions on that topic. >> like a lot of folks, i have some concerns.
>> there's a conflict of interest between his work meaning the foundations and the duties of the secretary of state. >> such a situation makes sense there would be a fear of influence peddling. >> the obama transition team was concerned about the fact there had been such a large flow of funds to the foundation and to their personal accounts because of the speaking fees. so they wanted to set up a structure of accountability. >> this let to a memorandum of understanding which had explicit requirements for both clintons. >> one was they were going to disclose all contributions to the clinton foundation. the second was that any foreign government funds or foreign government businesses that were going to donate to their foundation would require prior approval by the state department. and then a third requirement was that bill clinton's speeches and/or consulting arrangements
he would have also needed to be vetted by the state department. >> hillary became secretary of state and the clinton foundation continued to do its work, but suspicion lingered. >> people who were writing the large checks, if they weren't getting access to a former president and a then secretary of state, what were they getting? >> they were getting the ability to participate in large scale, social welfare programs in their home countries or regions of interest or importance to them. to change the world and to be a partner with the president of the united states or the former secretary of state on life-changing endeavors. >> the bottom line is the clintons have been called lots of things by their friends and enemies over the years. the one phrase i have never seen associated with the clintons is the word naive. when we return, we'll look at what the clinton foundation is doing around the world. charitable work for sure, but is there something more calculated?
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the dealings of bill and hillary are part of what peter schweitzer calls the clinton blur, a mix of money and politics, diplomacy and personal interest. all so interconnected that it is easy to get lost. >> it's so hard when you look at the clintons to try to figure out where the charity ends and begins, where their profit making ends and begins and where their official power as secretary of state or senator ends and begins. and the problem is, they all get blurred together. >> to put together his book "clinton cash," schweitzer and
his team of researchers spent more than a year unraveling the tangled web. he took us through a number of these cases. for instance, there's money from the middle east. >> the united arab emirates wants to have a close relationship with the united states. and in 2011 they are under pressure from the obama administration and hillary clinton's state department because of iran's sanctions. and that is certain eau companies are continuing to transfer from u.s. shipment points to iran. >> okay, so fast forward a couple months. >> on december 12th you have the foreign minister of the united arab emirates flying to washington, d.c. to meet with the secretary of state, hillary clinton, over some troubling issues. that very same day the foreign minister's brother, the crown price, is paying bill clinton half a million dollars for a speech in abu dhabi. >> they did not put out a formal statement about the president's speech, but they put out
a list of charitable organizations from around the world. there's money from europe. >> beginning in 2009 the sweder telecom company ericsson is coming under pressure for selling to oppressive governments around the world. in the midst of all of this, they decide to pay bill clinton to give a speech for the first time ever. they pay him a whopping $750,000. >> soon after hillary clinton's state department urged new, broader sanctions against iran. but the guidelines did not include telecom. which is ericsson's business. ericsson did not agree to our interview, but they said it should be seen in light of clinton's crowd pull, the fact that he had to travel to hong kong for the event and that the event spanned two days. the company insists that the conversation regarding iran had no impact on the decision.
there's money from south america. in june 2010, bill clinton was in colombia. >> bill clinton meets with the then president of colombia to discuss matters in private. what is curious is that hillary clinton is in colombia at the same time. after bill leaves the presidential palace, hillary clinton comes in and has lunch with the president of colombia where she signed some technical agreements and explains her commitment to a free trade agreement between colombia and the united states. >> the very same trade agreement she had pledged to defeat while running for president in 2008. >> as i have said for months, i oppose the deal, i have spoken out against the deal, i will vote against the deal and i will do everything i can to urge the congress to reject the colombian free trade deal. >> also in colombia with bill clinton was frank justra, a billionaire businessman and family friend we'll meet again. let's go down the timeline as
you have it. >> frank justra, a canadian billionaire arrives in colombia with bill clinton on june 8, 2010. hillary at that same time meets with president arebe. what is troubling is that in the days that follow, frank, one of the largest contributors to the clinton foundation, sees not one, not two but actually three of his companies get major con sexes from the government in colombia. >> president uribe never responded to our request for a comment on the deal. >> and saudi arabia announces with london that he's going to be contributing $20 million to the clinton foundation. this raises a lot of questions with ethiopian groups in the west. because they are very concerned about the repressive government
in ethiopia and the fact that the shaikh has a large project there. they say explicitly we have reason to believe that the huge donation to the clinton foundation was made on behalf of the ethiopian government. when hillary clinton became secretary of state, she needs to certify et yoep ya on human rights but she granted them a waiver which allowed them to continue with u.s. assistance. >> mohammad al modi told us she does not give media interviews but gave us a fact sheet of what he has given to aids awareness. these are just a few of the stories he documents in his book. >> bill clinton's average speaking fee is around 175 to 200,000 over the years.
so far we've seen stories of the clinton blur as often peter schweitzer puts it, wheeling and dealing to mix politics and lots of cold hard cash. in this process the clintons allegedly use their influence to raise funds for both themselves and causes supported by their foundation. all while skirting the rules by doing favors for their benefactors. these favors aren't just shady deals. with the clout of the clintons, they can have far-reaching effects on the international scene. consider the stunning case of kazakhstan and how american uranium ended up in the hands of the russians.
remember the businessman and clinton friend frank justra? he figures in this story too. >> september 2005 bill clinton shows up in kazakhstan. canadian investor has been trying to get control to buy a couple uranium mines and he became partners with bill clinton working on these activities. >> this came to us about the idea of creating an initiative to alleviate poverty. >> furthermore, frank has been involved in speaking engagements for the clintons. >> it's a fascinating story because everybody walked away from the table that night with something. >> the story caught the attention of pulitzer prize winning new york times reporter joe becker.
>> what the president got was this huge propaganda coup. bill clinton basically endorsed the progress that kazakhstan had made in terms of their own democracy, which is interesting given that the president was elected with 90 plus percent of the vote with an election that is highly looking at being rigged. >> he praises his rule and praises his human rights record. but after they leave, a couple days later, frank gets his uranium concessions which end up being enormously lucrative to him and a small group of canadian mining investors. >> his company was like a player and really had gone from the worthless shell company overnight. he got the huge mining deal and soon after that bill clinton got
a huge donation $31 million, to his charitable foundation followed by a pledge to donate $100 million more. >> our calls to the kazakhstan embassy were not returned. we talked to frank justra who told us he considers this an old story and said that he's not interesting in politics. meanwhile, they say no undue influence was exerted in kazakhstan because it did not require the kazakhstan's government approval. >> the problem is there are corporate records that indicate very clearly kazakhstan's government had to sign off and approve. which is what we're looking at here. the amended memorandum of a between the ministry and the atomic agency in the government
there. so there's no way they can argue the government was not a party of the negotiations. they were signatories to this agreement. >> and there's a postscript to the kazakhstan tale. >> they wanted to take a stake in westing house. >> when you have a sensitive industry like westinghouse's involvement in the nuclear industry, that requires review by the u.s. government. >> so the potential investors came to america to see the man who could make things happen. >> frank arranged for the officials to go to bill clinton's house. when i first contacted both the clinton foundation, the clinton spokesman, and mr. justra, they denied any such meeting took place. then whether we told them, we'd already talked to the head that told us all about the meeting but actually has a picture of him and bill at the home and
that he proudly displayed on his office wall they then acknowledged that yes, the meeting had taken place. >> so what happened to the company that benefited from the deal in kazakhstan? after a merger it became a uranium giant called uraniumone. and then the russians bought it. in 2008 and 2009 they were particularly attractive target for the russian government. and the russians acquired that target. >> they would acquire 50% of projected uranium output by 2015. >> in other words russia controls what was projected to be up to half of america's uranium. >> does secretary clinton happen to be in this? >> for that deal to go through, it needs federal government
approval. one of the ones that have to approve that deal is secretary clinton. >> senator clinton was 'posed to these buys from countries into u.s. property. >> that's a great point, bret. remember, the divide ports deal, which she was opposed to. >> we believe no foreign government should control our ports. >> in this particular case we're talking aboutanium. we're talking about things that relate to the nuclear industry. we're talking about the russian government. >> which already provides equipment and material to iran. >> that's correct. >> just how deeply those uranium interests were invested in the clintons was not disclosed by them or their foundation. schweitzer learned about that by scouring canadian tax records. >> so let's go to the fernwood document. >> that's an entity in canada controlled by ian telfer who
ends up being the sharm of uranium one. the russian of owned company. in 2007, he made an individual contribution to the clinton foundation. the problem is based on canadian tax records, in this particular case, made a payment of $250,000 growth initiative. they are required to tell their numbers. they failed to do that. you're talking about more than $2 million from the fernwood foundation to the clinton foundation. when you go to the clinton foundation website itself on disclosures and type in fernwood, you find no contributions listed whatsoever. >> uranium one and ian tellper declined to comment. so what this amounts to in the end is a russian company, essentially controlled by vladimir putin, will now be in charge of a substantial portion of american uranium.
russia sends uranium to its client state iran. so american uranium could very well be sent to the nation we are negotiating with to try to slow its ability to develop a nuclear weapon. thus we see how far-reaching the effect of the clinton blur as schweizer puts it, can be. after the break, we return to haiti and see how relief from the clinton foundation has worked out.
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earlier we looked at the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in haiti and the various rebuilding projects. but five years later, what are the results? our john roberts traveled from one end of haiti to the other to find the answer. >> this is the hill top home of the prime minister of haiti in 2010 when the devastating earthquake hit. together with former president bill clinton he headed up the commission that had a big say in where much of the billions of dollars pouring into haiti would eventually be spent. he explained to me the importance of having bill clinton on the commission. >> jean-max bellerive. we needed a figure that will attract of people to keep haiti on the news. >> and was bill clinton that image you needed to sell haiti?
>> the one we think of at the time because he was already involved in haiti. i believe in his role of the president of the commission he did well. >> but you said that you believe bill clinton did a good job. there sounds like there's a but in there. >> there's a but, only one. but not all linked to him. perhaps we're asking too much of president clinton so perhaps we were leaning too much in what he could bring. >> much good work has been done in haiti, no question. debris has been removed, houses have been built and roads have been repaired, but to peter schweizer, for that that help there are certain projects that need more scrutiny. projects the clintons got behind. >> you would expect there to be high standards of transparency, high standards of accountable and ethical standards that would
prevent you from giving contracts or concessions or benefits to people who are putting money in your pocket. >> for instance, there's the story of digicel. almost anywhere you go, you'll see signs for digicel, the top telecom company. the reason they have such prominence may be that they have friends in high places. they allowed friends and relatives to send money into the ravaged nation. the problem is the chief beneficiary from the clinton's initiative is a company called digicel that is owned by dennis o'brien. >> o'brien is an irish billionaire who made his money in the telecom industry. >> shortly after the clintons began reconstruction in haiti and began handing out contracts, sometime during that period of 2010 and 2011 he made a multimillion dollar contribution
to the clinton foundation. >> there were also speeches. >> bill clinton gets paid to give three lucrative speeches, which are arranged by dennis o'brien. >> but the money flowed in both directions. >> two of the speeches bill clinton gives are sandwiched around digicell being given a grant to the workers as part of the foundation in jamaica. you have taxpayer money being committed to the digicel foundation in north america. >> still the biggest profit is the tens of millions of dollars digicel got in the haiti deal. >> it allowed them to become the biggest player by far in the haitian mobile phone network. >> we requested an interview with dennis o'brien who declined to speak with us. for such a small and improv risched country, haiti actually
has some very valuable mineral depose its. i'm standing on what could one day be an open bit gold and silver mine. estimateare there could be more than $150 million worth of ore in these hills. it's been 50 years since haiti gave out open permits, but when it did in 2012, guess who got it? >> one of them went to a company called vcs mining based out of north carolina. they had very little experience in mining to begin with. this was potentially a very lucrative concession. >> so why was this company given such a prized concession? peter schweizer thinks he knows and it has something to do with hillary clinton's brother. >> tony rodham meets the executives in september of 2012 at a clinton global initiative seminar. three months later, the haiti government grants the permit to vcs mining. and literally, within the year
tony rodham is placed on the board of vcs mining. he has no background in haiti and has no background in mining. >> tony rodham did not return our phone calls. we did speak to the ceo of vcs mining who maintains there's no connection between the permit and rodham's seat on the board. of all the projects, the one that probably made the biggest splash was the industrial park. and in the end, it may have been the biggest disappointment. it's located 85 miles north of port-au-prince. far from the damage caused by the earthquake. according to the state department, it was designed to create up to 65,000 jobs. in october of 2012, bill and hillary along with haitian heads of state and several celebrities were there for its launch. >> the plan was ambitious. it was to build a textile mill. so u.s. taxpayer money was
poured in to build housing and infrastructure in the area. more than 100 million dollars was committed for this effort. >> reporter: building up the area meant first kicking out the farmers who had been there for generations. their heartlands were bulldozed. were people frightened? upset? >> everybody was basically in shock. not understanding what was going on with their hands in the air and screaming and crying. >> did you talk to them? did you ask them what they were doing? >> there were people with guns, apparently, to force them to leave the area so they couldn't really do much to resist. >> how many people are worse off since the industrial park was built? we did contact the biggest tenant here, the textile company, but so far they haven't gotten back to us about paying
them a visit. i was able to identify a worker for them. he works from 6:45 in the morning until 5:00 p.m. getting paid in 225 gourds a day. which is about 5 u.s. dollars. >> the salary is not where it should be because of the lack of jobs and availability in this country. >> how would he describe the working conditions? >> conditions are very, very tough. everybody is pretty much frustrated in relation to the workload and what they're getting paid. it's take it or leave it. >> he's hoping the future holds more for him, but right now there are only 5,000 paying jobs, not near as many as expected. the state department says those jobs will improve. in a decade or so. >> in the meantime, who is the
project helping? well a few american companies are benefiting from the cheap labor. >> the three biggest beneficiaries are three retailing companies closely tied to the clintons. gap, target and walmart. >> a lot of money was given to haiti after the earthquake. much of it was put to good use. but according to peter schweizer, too much of it was used to line the pockets of people with clinton connections. when we return, hillary is running. will any of this come back to haunt her? s of diabetic nerve pain, these feet... ...served my country... ...carried the weight of a family... ...and walked a daughter down the aisle. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer. so i talked to my doctor and he prescribed lyrica. nerve damage from diabetes causes diabetic nerve pain. lyrica is fda-approved to treat this pain. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new, or worsening depression
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she'd be the first female president. she also offers something that may be too familiar. she's a politician with a long history. the pundits are already asking how her past may affect the future. >> i'm getting ready to do something, too. i'm running for president. >> one of hillary's first big decisions as an official candidate for president was to quit the clinton foundation. she said she was leaving to quote, devote myself to this new, all-encompassing endooefr. >> a few days later on april 15th with the clinton foundation coming under increased scrutiny they changed their policy regarding donations of foreign governments. from now on the foundation only takes contributions from friendly western governments like canada and germany. of course even under these limitations there could still be donations from someone like ian
tellfer, the canadian chairman of uraniumone. even as hillary was distancing herself from the foundation she couldn't avoid questions of its activities. with "clinton cash accounts shaping up to be a political bombshell, she responded while campaigning in new hampshire on april 20th by brushing aside the book's claim. >> well we're back into the political season and therefore, we will be subjected to all kinds of distraction and attacks. >> people are going to have to believe that all of this was on the up and up and nobody was trying to buy influence and all of this was fine or there's going to be a suspicion hanging over her that's likely to hang over her for the rest of the campaign and the general election getting that far. >> people are already questioning clinton's trustworthiness. in a fox news poll 51% said they did not feel she was
honest. the only politician on the list to score above 50%. and this was asked before the revelations about the clinton foundation were making headlines. meanwhile, in a speech at georgetown bill clinton avoided the controversy. >> for obvious reasons, i don't intend to talk much about electoral politics. >> but even if the clintons won't say anything substantive, the clinton camp is preparing for an onslaught. >> we're not big on quitting in my family. you may have noticed that. >> press secretary offered a specific denial of charges made in a "the new york times" story about uraniumone stating, quote, no one has produced a shred of evidence that hillary clinton ever took action as secretary of state in order to support the interests of donors to the clinton foundation. to suggest the state department under then-secretary clinton, exerted undue influence in the
government's review in the sale of uranium one is utterly baseless. and legal experts express there may be legal peril. >> she is not protected by the fact her husband may have taken money or her husband's foundation. spouses, interests are attributed to each other and that is no excuse or defense. >> but if media response to the book is any indication this controversy does not seem likely to go away any time soon. >> too much other media weighed in with their own reporting on this to make this just go away saying it's all a republican controversy. "the new york times" is not involved in republican conspiracy. we are not. >> the clintons are certainly no strangers to controversy. bill rode out more than a few in his day. but if the charges we've just looked at gain traction will hillary be as lucky? or will people worry that
welcome to "america's news headquarters." >> hello, everyone. topping the news this hour, this is a desperate race against time in nepal after the catastrophic earthquake there. the rural community is sending help as search and rescue efforts get into full swing. chaos in the streets of baltimore. how the mostly peaceful protest is now giving way to a day of mourning for freddy gray. and the clintons while they try to weather the controversy, the author speaking out about allega