Hillary Clinton & The Clinton Foundation Now Under DOJ/FBI Investigations
The US Justice Department (DOJ) has begun a new investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton was Barack Hussein Obama’s Secretary of State.
Lead FBI agents in Little Rock, AK, where The Clinton Foundation is HQ’d, have already interviewed at least 1 witness in the last month.
The officials say that DOJ/FBI agents are examining whether the Bill and/or Hillary Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for donations to their charitable efforts, or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing friendly government outcomes.
The probe is examining whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether The Clinton Foundation complied with applicable tax laws.
The Trump DOJ is also reportedly re-examining whether there are any unresolved issues from the closed case into Mr.s Clinton’s transmission of classified information through her personal e-Mail server.
The renewed federal law enforcement focus follows a promise to Congress from The Trump Administration that law enforcement would revisit some of the investigations and legal issues closed under former President Barack Hussein Obama.
The issues of impropriety have been raised in reports from media outlets ranging from the NY-T’s to The Daily Caller, and conservative author Peter Schweizer’s “Clinton Cash” also fueled demands for a renewed investigation.
Meanwhile, fired former FBI Director James Comey’s original Y 2016 conclusion that Mrs. Clinton, as Mr. Hussein Obama’s Secretary of State, was “extremely careless” in handling classified data on her private e-Mail server was edited by subordinates to remove five separate references to terms like “grossly negligent” and to delete mention of evidence supporting felony and misdemeanor violations.
Mr. Comey also originally concluded it was “reasonably likely” Clinton’s non-secure private server was accessed or hacked by hostile actors, that passage also was changed to a much weaker “possible,” the memos show.
The full draft and edits were released on the website of Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, (R-WI)., providing the most complete public accounting to date of Comey’s draft and the subsequent edits.
Having review the full draft, it shows Mr. Comey originally wrote on 2 May 2016, there was evidence Mrs. Clinton and top aides might have violated both felony and misdemeanor statutes.
The FBI has told Congress the edits were made by subordinates to Mr. Comey and then accepted by the fired Director before he made his final announcement on 5 July 2016 that he would not pursue criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton.
“The edits to Director Comey’s public statement, made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions,” Mr. Johnson wrote in a letter to new FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an ‘insurance policy’ against Mr. Trump’s election, raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election,” Mr. Johnson wrote.
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