At least three FBI field offices wanted Hillary Clinton probed for official corruption before top brass at President Obama’s Justice Department quashed the potential investigation. Now the State Department is defending Clinton, even as new reports seem to indicate the FBI agents had good reason to request a look into the cozy relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.
The revelation FBI investigators wanted to build a case against Clinton stands in stark contrast to the “nothing to see here” attitude from DOJ and the State Department, and indicates there is a growing disconnect between career law enforcement and partisan figures in the government over how to handle Clinton’s past misdeeds.
“[Clinton] promised everyone … she’d follow all the ethics rules and she would stay out of Clinton Foundation business and these emails show that she did no such thing.”
“The State Department is not aware of any actions that were influenced by the Clinton Foundation,” State spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said during a briefing Thursday.
But the three FBI field offices that called for an investigation were given “notification from a bank of suspicious activity from a foreigner who had donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to the official,” CNN reported. That donation raised red flags for federal agents.
The Lynch-led DOJ covered for Clinton, deeming the investigation unnecessary because a year prior to that, after the release of the documentary “Clinton Cash,” a preliminary investigation found insufficient evidence to suggest corruption between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
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The Daily Mail suggested “some at the Justice Department feared the request for a fresh investigation would look politically motivated, especially in light of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s private email server.”
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Lynch received heavy criticism for incidents that could have influenced the FBI investigation into Clinton’s unauthorized email account, including taking a meeting with former President Bill Clinton in the final days of the investigation. Now, it appears she may have tried to protect Hillary Clinton from an entire other investigation into possible official corruption.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch recently released another round of emails off Clinton’s unauthorized email account that provide a small window into the pay for play with foundation insiders during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton believes the emails indicate clear incidents of quid pro quo between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
“So it’s pretty clear that donors and foundation supporters and associates had an in with the State Department to Mrs. Clinton, which was contrary to specific promises she had made,” Fitton said in a statement Friday.
“She promised everyone that there’d be a bright line, she’d follow all the ethics rules and she would stay out of Clinton Foundation business and these emails show that she did no such thing.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign believes the revelations show “a troubling pattern of Obama and Clinton politicizing any government institution for their own personal political interests.”
“First Obama and Clinton colluded together to manipulate the FBI to ensure no criminal charges were filed against Secretary Clinton for her illegal email server, and this latest refusal to allow even a cursory investigation into the Clinton Foundation’s pay-for-play dealings smacks of political favoritism. This is exactly why the American public has lost trust in the U.S. government and is ready to elect an outsider like Donald Trump.” Trump’s Senior Communications Adviser Jason Miller wrote.