The Department of Justice turned down an FBI request to investigate the Clinton Foundation in connection with possible public corruption.
“Early this year as the investigation into Clinton’s private email server was in full swing, several FBI field offices approached the Justice Department asking to open a case regarding the relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation, according to a law enforcement official,” CNN reported on Wednesday.
“At the time, DOJ declined because it had looked into allegations surrounding the Clinton Foundation around a year earlier and found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to open a case.” the news outlet added.
When questioned by the House Oversight Committee last month regarding the FBI’s findings about Clinton’s email server, FBI director Comey declined to answer whether the bureau was investigating the Clinton Foundation. “I’m not going to comment on the existence or non-existence of any investigation,” he said.
The revelation that the DOJ, headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, did not allow the investigation to proceed, raises questions, once again, whether justice is truly being served.
As reported by Western Journalism, Lynch met privately with her former boss, President Bill Clinton, at the Phoenix Airport in late June only days before the FBI questioned Hillary Clinton as part of its investigation into her use of a private, unsecured, unauthorized email server as secretary of state.
A little over a week after the meeting, the FBI announced no charges would be brought against Hillary Clinton.
Emails released this week raise the specter of a pay-for-play relationship between the foundation and those seeking access or action by the State Department.
In one email dated April 25, 2009, Clinton Foundation official Doug Band asks Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills to give special attention to Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury. He had given between $1 million and $5 million to the foundation, the Daily Caller reported.
“This is very important,” Band wrote. “He’s key guy there and to us.”
Band emailed Abedin and Mills four days later regarding what appears to be someone else. “Can someone pls call [redacted]? He calls me every day and we owe him some attention,” Band wrote.
Abedin replied that she would place the call.
“Neither of these emails involve the secretary or relate to the Foundation’s work,” Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin told CNN. “They are communications between her aides and the President’s personal aide…”
A more blatant instance of apparent pay-for-play involves the Uranium One corporation. Ian Tefler, the CEO of the company, donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton received $500,000 dollars for a speech he gave in Moscow from a company promoting Uranium One.
Secretary of State Clinton and other Obama administration officials subsequently signed off on the sale of Uranium One to Russian investors resulting in a nation increasingly bellicose towards the U.S. and its allies acquiring 20 percent of America’s known uranium reserves.
Further evidence of a possible inappropriate relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department surfaced Thursday regarding former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills. CNN reported that Mills interviewed candidates to run the foundation while she was serving as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department.
Mills interviewed top-level executives from Pfizer and Wal-Mart for the position. Both companies have been major contributors to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said of the allegations of wrongdoing, “Cheryl volunteered her personal time to a charitable organization, as she has to other charities,” adding Mills “paid for her travel to New York City personally, and it was crystal clear to all involved that this had nothing to do with her official duties. The idea that this poses a conflict of interest is absurd.”
As reported by Western Journalism, House Republicans submitted letters to the FBI, IRS and the Federal Trade Commission last month calling for investigations into alleged criminal conduct regarding the foundation.
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