FBI in Continuing Investigation of The Clinton Foundation
The FBI has instructed its New York field office to continue its corruption investigation into The Clinton Foundation
The instructions ordered agents to “go forward” with their ongoing inquiry into The Clinton Foundation which is focusing on issues of corruption and money laundering.
Information was received about a week ago and the order originated from the bureau’s headquarters in Washington, D.C
The FBI is conducting a multi-city probe of the Clinton Foundation in as many as five cities.
The Obama Justice Department officials were skeptical of The Clinton Foundation case and tried to shut down the bureau’s probe several times.
After the election, President Elect Donald Trump indicated that prosecuting rival Hillary Clinton or her foundation would not be a priority. He said, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t.”
But he did not rule out a continuing probe of the foundation, saying, “we’ll have people that do things.”
It’s rare for a President to stop an FBI investigation, and halting an ongoing probe by the FBI, which is an independent law enforcement agency, can be fraught with many political risks for Presidents and can expose them to charges of interfering or politicizing law enforcement activities.
The Clinton Foundation originally started in Little Rock, Arkansas as the main nonprofit entity to build and maintain the Presidential library for former President Bill Clinton.
As its activities expanded in the United States and overseas, its operations migrated to New York City.
In Y 2015, the foundation reported it had 528 full-time employees, most of them working in offices located on Wall Street. It’s net assets in Y 2015 were $347 million according
https://www.clintonfoundation.org/sites/default/files/clinton_foundation_report_public_2015.pdf to its Form 990 tax filing with the Internal Revenue Service.
The charity moved in Y 2011 from Harlem to Wall Street where they shared offices with the investment giant Goldman Sachs, according to WikiLeaks.
The move to Wall Street 2X’d the foundation’s rent, from $1.8 to $4-M, according to the charity’s Form 990.
The trigger for the FBI investigation is said to have been to be secret recordings of suspects in Los Angeles involved in money laundering activities who mentioned The Clinton Foundation. The disclosure triggered an investigation in that city beginning last February.
Other FBI bureaus also opened probes of the foundation in other cities.
On many occasions bureau agents also conferred with Peter Schweizer, who chronicled the money flows into the charity from influential and wealthy people and foreign governments and wrote about it in his book titled, “Clinton Cash.”
FBI Director James Comey has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for his decisions on probing Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-Mail server for government business. He ended an investigation in July of this year of her email but then resurrected it just 10 days before the election when her e-Mails showed up in a laptop owned by disgraced former US Rep. Anthony Weiner the husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin.
Mr. Weiner is being investigated on child pornography grounds when he allegedly “sexted” with underage girls.
Senior Justice Department (DOJ) officials reportedly were openly skeptical of The Clinton Foundation case and repeatedly tried to shut down the bureau’s probe, the department was not able to shut down the FBI activities.
The Clinton Foundation, and by association Hill, Billy, Chelsea and all others associated are part of the FBI’s probe.
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