Administration Must Investigate The Clinton Scandals With Special Prosecutor As Promised
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New Documents Show Clinton Conflicts of Interest
Further confirming the need to “clean house” on the Clinton corruption scandals, we just uncovered 508 pages of new documents thanks to our [Judaical Watch] historic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking information about possible conflicts of interest involving the Hillary Clinton State Department and Bill Clinton’s various activities.
More than 440 pages of the documents were redacted either in full, or with only minor notations remaining. The documents were released as a result of a federal court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department on May 28, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-00772)).
The documents included an undated, unsigned memo entitled “Private Sector Opportunities for WJC” [William Jefferson Clinton]. The memo provided capabilities analysis of three companies with major investment interests in Haiti: Tetra Pak, Seaboard, and Cemex.
The documents also include a lengthy March 2009 email from Clinton Foundation Director of Foreign Policy Amitabh Desai to former Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro and subsequently forwarded to top Clinton aide Jake Sullivan containing the names of nearly 200 then-current and former heads of state to be invited to the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. The list includes dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, which gave $14.5 million to the Clinton Foundation; Kuwait, which gave between $5 and $10 million; Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar – all of which donated between $1 and $5 million over the years. In February 2015, the Washington Post reported, “A third of foundation donors who have given more than $1 million are foreign governments or other entities … and foreign donors make up more than half of those who have given more than $5 million.”
In July 2014, Judicial Watch released more than 200 conflict-of-interest reviews by State Department ethics advisers of proposed Bill Clinton speaking and consulting engagements during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The documents show that Mr. Clinton’s office proposed 215 speeches around the globe. And 215 times, the State Department stated that it had “no objection.” The Washington Examiner published a report by Judicial Watch Chief Investigative Reporter Micah Morrison and Examiner Senior Watchdog Reporter Luke Rosiak which notes that Mr. Clinton “earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.”
It is a scandal that the Obama administration stalled the release of these smoking gun documents for over five years. These documents show that Hillary and Bill Clinton’s machine sought to shake down almost every country in the world, from Saudi Arabia to desperately poor Haiti.
Again, all the more reason for President-elect Trump to launch a serious criminal investigation of the Clinton cash machine.
President-elect Donald Trump seems to be harboring misgivings about the investigation and possible prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her email, national security and Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals. The president-elect has said that he “does not want to hurt the Clintons,” and that is very gracious. But Clinton’s transgressions were not committed against him personally; they were committed against the nation at large. And it is to the American people that she must be held accountable.
Clinton did not commit these acts of malfeasance as a private citizen. And kindly concerns about her personal well being should not be allowed to halt, or even hamstring, a thorough investigation of her flagrant wrongdoing. More than a century ago, President Grover Cleveland declared, “A public office is a public trust.” And there is now every reason to believe that Clinton used the former to violate the latter.
For more than two years, Secretary Clinton avoided any serious criminal investigation of her various misdeeds. President Obama, and officials in his administration, defended and excused her misconduct. Few Americans trust the current FBI or Justice Department leadership to investigate or prosecute Clinton. In fact, reports detail that the Justice Department is suppressing the FBI’s attempts to seriously investigate the Clinton Foundation.
That is why Trump must commit his administration to a serious, independent investigation of the very serious Clinton national security, email and pay-to-play scandals. If Trump’s appointees continue the Obama administration’s politicized spiking of a criminal investigation of Clinton, it would be a betrayal of his promise to the American people to “drain the swamp” of out-of-control corruption in Washington, D.C.
President-elect Trump should focus on healing the broken justice system, affirm the rule of law and allow his attorney general, either directly or through a special prosecutor, to investigate the Clinton scandals.
No one is above the law, and no citizen should get a “get out jail free” card just because she is a powerful politician.
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