Clinton Foundation Corruption Should Be Next for the FBI

It will be hard to evade indictment if Hillary is elected president

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 6, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Photo: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Florida-based Congresswoman Corinne Brown is the latest Clinton superdelegate to receive an indictment for corruption and ethics violations. Brown allegedly received $800,000 from an organization called One Door For Education under false pretenses that the funds would be used for charitable purposes. One Door For Education touts itself as a nonprofit, but is not legally registered as such.

Brown is just one of several Clinton superdelegates to recently be exposed for fraudulent activity. Late last month, Congressman Chaka Fattah was convicted on charges of racketeering, corruption and stealing charitable funds. Sen. Bob Menendez, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the former Virginia governor who served as Clinton’s 2008 campaign chair, Terry McAuliffe, are also in the midst of corruption probes.

It would appear that only Hillary and Bill truly seem to understand how to launder funds for political favors, with the Clinton Foundation front and center for aspiring pupils of white-collar crime.

Hillary’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, received money from the Clinton Foundation (while employed by the State Department) and from Teneo Consulting—a firm owned by a close Clinton associate, Declan Kelly. Kelly built his network while working at the State Department under Hillary Clinton. In April, Politico reported that Kelly’s relationship with Clinton’s State Department, “represents a fresh illustration of the blurring of the lines between Hillary Clinton’s political network and her State Department that critics have long noted.”

In 2011, ABC News revealed Rajiv Fernando, a Clinton Foundation donor, was appointed to an Intelligence Board at the State Department by Clinton despite having no background or qualifications for the role. Shortly after ABC began asking questions, Fernando quietly resigned.

The Clinton Foundation also paid Sidney Blumenthal $200,000 a month to advise Hillary Clinton on State Department matters. According to The Hill, the FBI has yet to rule out the Clinton Foundation‘s influence on Hillary Clinton‘s State Department, as there have been multiple conflicts of interest between the two.

An investigation by Vox revealed at least 181 Clinton Foundation donors lobbied the State Department while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. UBS, for example, paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million in speaking fees shortly after Hillary Clinton helped the Swiss bank settle a lawsuit with the IRS—for a fraction of what the IRS initially sought.

Clinton Foundation donations have also been linked to State Department favors for weapons manufacturers and foreign governments. Peter Schweitzer’s book, Clinton Cash, cites four trustees of the Clinton Foundation charged with or convicted of financial crimes. Aside from the security risks her private email server posed, evidence suggests Clinton’s intent was not convenience, but rather to circumvent FOIA laws.

Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who claims to have co-founded the Clinton Global Initiative, served 13 months in jail for soliciting prostitution from a minor. Epstein is the subject of ongoing litigation involving several other underage victims, and flight logs from Epstein’s private jet show Bill Clinton flew with him at least 26 times. Vice News reported one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, told her attorneys she had damaging information on Bill Clinton.

Since Bill left the White House in 2000, the Clinton Foundation has built the Clinton name into a brand to provide networking opportunities for Hillary Clinton’s political career. The charity has been used to unprecedented degrees to leverage power and influence for political gains, with little transparency and regulation.

In their investigation of donations to the Clinton Foundation, Politifact recently claimed, “Nonprofits, such as the Clinton Foundation, have nearly no obligation to publicly reveal who gives them money. They might need to tell a government agency, but the details remain confidential.”

The Clinton Foundation blurs lines between politics, business, charity and public service, and the ability to investigate the Foundation’s litany of questionable donations is compromised. For all the millions of dollars that have passed through the Clinton Foundation, it will be challenging—even for the Clintons—to evade an indictment if Hillary is elected president.

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