The Clinton Foundation is once again on the proverbial hot seat and misuse of foundation funds is coming to light. That also puts Bill and Hillary Clinton under a very bright spotlight. Three people have come forward against the Clintons. They have hundreds of pages of evidence of potential and alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation. This would include misappropriation of funds and quid-pro-quo promises made to donors during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
Meadows leads the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He is also the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations. Regardless of the Dems taking hold of the House next month, conservative Republicans are not done with the Clinton Foundation or the Clintons themselves. They will keep moving forward on this.
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U.S. Attorney John Huber was assigned to investigate the foundation last year by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and he is still proceeding. There are supposed to be hearings on the status of the Clinton Foundation and there are rumors of explosive evidence that will be presented. We’ll see.
The Clinton Foundation consistently has maintained that it is a charity, and never traded on Hillary Clinton’s position as America’s top diplomat, which she held from 2009-2013.
The organization has a four-star rating from the watchdog site Charity Navigator and has touted its mission “to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.”
However, The Hill reported Thursday that prosecutors working for Huber recently requested documents from a private investigative firm that also has been looking into the foundation. The firm, MDA Analytics LLC, reportedly has contacted the IRS, the Justice Department and the FBI’s Little Rock office with evidence from its own investigation.
In addition, The Hill reported that a whistleblower submission filed with the FBI and IRS in August 2017 included internal legal reviews that the Clinton Foundation conducted between 2008 and 2011.
Those reviews raised concerns about legal compliance and improper mingling of personal and charity business.
According to the Hill report, MDA investigators met with Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel in late November 2016.
During the meeting, Kessel said that “one of the biggest problems was [former President Bill] Clinton’s commingling and use of business and donated funds and his personal expenses.” A separate interview memo stated that Bill Clinton “mixes and matches his personal business with that of the foundation. Many people within the foundation have tried to caution him about this but he does not listen, and there really is no talking to him.”
So many times in business etc. what nails people is the comingling of personal and business funds. It sounds like that here and if true, the IRS will have a field day with the Clintons over it. Or, at least, they should.
Recently filed tax documents show that donations to the Clinton Foundation plummeted after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. No surprise there. The filings showed that the foundation took in $26.6 million in 2017, a 58 percent drop from the $62.9 million it received the previous year.
The New York Post reported that a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation claimed that the drop was “largely attributable to the absence of sponsorship and membership contributions for [the Clinton Global Initiative],” which wrapped up in 2016. Meadows wasn’t buying it and said that the donation drop “raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe.” Yes, it does. And if this were anyone else, the IRS and DOJ would be all over it.
“Whenever we look at the possibility of ‘pay to play’ by government officials, current or former, it demands answers,” Meadows said, “and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable.” The question is… will anyone hold the Clintons accountable? Bueller?