Sessions: Clinton May Have Extorted Donors
Alabama senator calls for allegations of corruption to be 'fully investigated'
The chorus of voices calling for a full investigation into allegations of quid pro quo for Clinton Foundation donors during Hillary Clinton’s State Department tenure has grown louder as new details emerge.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Tuesday it “seems like” the FBI neglected to fully investigate the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.
“The fundamental thing is you cannot be secretary of state of the United States of America and use that position to extort or to seek contributions to your private foundation.”
“The evidence indicates to me that this should be fully investigated. I cannot say that Mr. Comey has not completed a full investigation but it seems like he has not,” Sessions said.
Sessions noted that “just because [Comey] might conclude there is not a chargeable offense does not indicate that there is no wrongdoing.”
“The fundamental thing is you cannot be secretary of state of the United States of America and use that position to extort or to seek contributions to your private foundation,” Sessions said. “That is a fundamental violation of law and that does appear to have happened.”
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Sessions said the source of many of the foundation’s donations are evidence enough donors saw the foundation as their key to access.
“Why are these people in countries that are very poor giving millions of dollars, even hundreds of millions of dollars, to a foundation that doesn’t benefit them in any direct way or the people in their country?” the senator questioned.
“They’re doing it to gain access, and you [shouldn’t] pay to get access.”
Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11), a former district attorney, echoed calls from Donald Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the emerging scandal.
“The troubling information contained in newly public emails concerning Mrs. Clinton’s activities as secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation raise further questions of potential pay-to-play and warrant investigation,” Donovan said in a statement promoted by the Trump campaign Wednesday, “The appointment of a special prosecutor is necessary to avoid any appearance of impropriety and is a common practice when a potential conflict of interest exists.”