It appears to be official: the FBI is investigating potential corruption in the Clinton Foundation.And here’s what may be even more encouraging, given our recent disappointment in the willingness of the FBI to press charges where it appeared they were due. The investigation into the Clinton Foundation is being supported by various local U.S. attorneys’ offices — including a New York-based U.S. Attorney whose “prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.” The attorney is known for securing convictions of prominent political figures as well.
According to the former official with direct knowledge of the activities, involvement of this New York U.S. attorney’s office “would be seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ.”Good news, indeed.
As The Daily Caller reports:
Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities.
Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations.
The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.The official said involvement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York “would be seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ.”
Bharara’s official biography notes that he, “has applied renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds by creating two new units – the Complex Frauds Unit and the complementary Civil Frauds Unit.
“The Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct.”Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for Bharara, said he would “decline comment.” Similarly, FBI spokeswoman Samantha Shero said, “we do not have a comment on investigative activity.”
Bharara is best known for securing convictions of prominent political figures, including former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver had a seemingly intractable grip on power in the state for decades. He was convicted of accepting $4 million in exchange for helping a cancer researcher and two real estate developers.
He also secured the conviction of New York Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who was sentenced to five years in prison for corruption.
The former official said the investigation is being coordinated between bureau field offices and FBI managers at headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In its 15 years of operations, the Clinton Foundation, formally known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has collected up to $2 billion from donors, according to The Washington Post. The donors include a wide range of the world’s wealthiest people: Eastern European tycoons, Arab Sheiks, African mining magnates, hedge fund billionaires and Wall Street firms.
The Post reported that the couple brought in $3 billion when campaign contributions are included in the total. “The Clintons’ fundraising operation — $3 billion amassed by one couple, working in tandem for more than four decades — has no equal,” the Post reported in a wide-ranging investigation into the sources of the couple’s funds.
Questions surrounding corruption in the Clinton Foundation have been amplified this week, as newly-released emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State revealed coordination between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s State Department, including “favors” being requested of (and, apparently, honored by) the State Department on behalf of the Clinton Foundation and its donors. In addition, we learned that top Clinton State Department aide Cheryl Mills was assisting over at the Clinton Foundation while she was employed by the State Department. All of which would appear to be in direct violation of Hillary Clinton’s pledge to keep Clinton Foundation dealings completely separate from her State Department activities.
In a separate but related development this week, CNN Justice Department reporter Pamela Brown reported that earlier this year, Justice Department officials in three different field offices “were in agreement a public corruption investigation should be launched” of Clinton Foundation activities — sparked by a bank notifying the FBI of “suspicious activity” around a foreign donor to the Clinton Foundation. According to Brown’s reporting, however, FBI and Justice Department officials had “disagreement” on whether to launch an investigation, so in the end it was killed.
Meanwhile, an investigation into Clinton crony Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — a longtime member of the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors — was launched and is underway.
The confirmation of an investigation into Clinton Foundation corruption is indeed very good news for those of us who wish to understand exactly what kind of favors foreign donors like Saudi Arabia might expect (and receive) from former Secretary of State and would-be President Hillary Clinton. Many of us have long believed that it was precisely this type of communication that led Hillary to set up her own private server to conduct communications as Secretary of State.
We all know by now that Hillary Clinton is owned by Wall Street, and we’ve long suspected she is also owned by foreign governments as well. An investigation into the Clinton Foundation is long overdue to either confirm or alleviate these concerns oh so very fundamental to Hillary’s fitness to be President of the United States.
The question is, will we learn the truth before it’s too late?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]