All of the collusion, all the things they’re trying to get Trump on, the Democrats did. I’m frosted over this, and everybody ought to damn well be. – Rush Limbaugh, 12/4/2017
The New York Daily News reports that
The Justice Department is taking another look at Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to a report.
Investigators are going to look at how the former secretary of state’s team dealt with classified information sent over the server, according to an ally of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who spoke with the Daily Beast.
News of the rejuvenated probe comes two days after President Trump suggested in a tweet that top Clinton aide Huma Abedin be jailed for “disregarding basic security protocols.”
It was the latest statement from the commander-in-chief over his former Democratic opponent’s email usage. In early December, he wrote: “Many people in our Country are asking what the ‘Justice’ Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and ‘acid washed’ 33,000 Emails? No justice!”
DOJ investigators will look at how classified information was sent over the server in Clinton’s Westchester basement, who fired it off and how much was turned up in past probes, those familiar with the Justice Department’s mindset told the Daily Beast.
An email dump by the State Department last week showed emails marked classified from Abedin were on her then-husband Anthony Weiner’s computer.
Whether those emails were classified when they were sent wasn’t immediately clear.
Nor was it apparent when federal officials decided to take a fresh look at the emails.
The DOJ declined to comment.
Stephen Boyd, assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, signaled in a Nov. 13 letter to House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) the department was interested in the messages.
Sessions, he wrote, “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues” that Goodlatte wanted to know about.
Officials planned to “make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened,” Boyd added in the letter.
Trump made Clinton’s use of a private email server a top campaign issue. Federal investigators determined in summer 2016 that, while the use of the server was careless, the former top diplomat didn’t knowingly break any laws.
The former New York senator blamed then-FBI Director James Comey reopening the case right before the election on her shocking loss.
Trump has called for Clinton to be investigated even after winning the election. He’s also blamed Comey, who he fired in May, for allegedly letting Clinton get away without any charges.
The DOJ’s inspector general is expected to release a report this spring over the FBI’s investigation.
FoxNews.com also reports that
The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used “pay to play” politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, Fox News has confirmed.
A source familiar with the investigation told Fox News late Thursday the investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark.
Fox News also has learned investigators are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation violated tax law. Accusers of “pay to play” have claimed the foundation promised favors in exchange for donations or pledges of cash or gifts.
The Hill, which broke the story Thursday evening, added that FBI agents have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month.
The witness said that agents inquired specifically about donations to Clinton entities and official government actions during Clinton’s leadership of the State Department under President Obama, according to the Hill.
The Hill reported that law enforcement officials said there will be “additional activities” relating to the investigation in the coming weeks.
In a statement to Fox News, Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian suggested that the organization had done nothing improper.
“Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false,” Minassian said. “None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people.”
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told Fox News that the investigation is an attempt by the Trump administration to distract the public.
“Let’s call this what it is: A sham,” Merrill said. “This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a long-debunked project spearheaded by Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with Jeff Sessions doing Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently. The goal is to distract from the indictments, guilty pleas, and accusations of treason from Trump’s own people at the expense of our justice system’s integrity. It’s disgraceful, and should be concerning to all Americans.”
Late last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” raised by congressional Republicans cocerning alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation, leading to speculation about the potential appointment of another special counsel.
In September, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch said that emails from Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s account showed Clinton Foundation donors requesting and receiving favors from the State Department.
Federal investigators are also reviewing Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, according to The Daily Beast.
Just how corrupt was the pipeline between the Clinton Foundation and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
By the time Clinton left office in February 2013, the charity had received millions of dollars in new or increased payments from at least seven foreign governments. Five of the governments came on board during her tenure as secretary of state while two doubled or tripled their support in that time, according to data provided by CHAI spokeswoman Daley…CHAI should have told the State Department before accepting donations totaling $340,000 from Switzerland’s Agency for Development and Cooperation in 2011 and 2012. However, it did not believe U.S. authorities needed to review the other six governments, including Britain and Australia, she said, citing various reasons.” [Reuters, 3/19/15]
However, it was not just governments who sent money to the Clintons through their Foundation. Again, according to discoverthenetworks.org…
* “The Clinton Foundation swore off donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. That didn’t stop the foundation from raising millions of dollars from foreigners with connections to their home governments, a review of foundation disclosures shows. Some donors have direct ties to foreign governments. One is a member of the Saudi royal family. Another is a Ukrainian oligarch and former parliamentarian. Others are individuals with close connections to foreign governments that stem from their business activities. Their professed policy interests range from human rights to U.S.-Cuba relations.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/19/15]
* During Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, “More than a dozen foreign individuals and their foundations and companies were large donors to the Clinton Foundation… collectively giving between $34 million and $68 million…. Some donors also provided funding directly to charitable projects sponsored by the foundation, valued by the organization at $60 million.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/19/15]
Whether the revelation of “the gift” of massive quantities of Uranium to the Russians in the Uranium One Deal or the formation of an Iranian Connection, as a result of money given to the Clinton Foundation, as was previously reported in 2015, or the revelation involving “dual-staffer” Cheryl Mills, this was not just a scandal involving money and unscrupulous political ladder-climbing through the peddling of “favors”, the actions of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State crossed the line into the abhorrent abyss of a Conflict of Interest involving possible Treason.
Time and time again, from Watergate to Travelgate to Benghazigate, and to E-mailgate and the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton proved herself to be a ruthless, untrustworthy, Machiavellian professional politician, who only cared about herself and her ascension to the Presidency of the United States of America.
As I have previously written, Clinton’s trail of corruption leads all the way back to when she was fired from the Watergate Investigative Committee for dishonesty.
However, to practice “Pay-For-Play” on a Global Scale, while holding the Office of Secretary of State of the United States of America, issues downright treasonous.
Why did she do it?
Michael Goodwin, in a column for the New York Post, written last August, offered the following spot-on analysis:
The easy answers about why she did what she did are too obvious: She wanted to get rich and she didn’t want anyone to know her business.
Throw in her chronic paranoia and sense of entitlement, and she and Hubby Dearest had a rationale for thinking they were above the law. They’d escaped his impeachment trial, so they believed they had lifetime immunity.
All true, but too simple, and it’s impossible to believe that’s all there is. There has to be more, probably something so big and awful, it would destroy her if it’s discovered.
Remember, the Clintons were absolutely determined to get back to the White House, which would be the ultimate vindication of their public lives. Victory would make them unique in American history, so it doesn’t make sense that they would risk throwing it all away for the obvious — and ordinary — benefits already revealed.
The added riches they collected through what I believe are corrupt actions weren’t necessary. They were getting legitimately rich on his and her book contracts alone.
And what difference would another donation make to the foundation, which was already swimming in more money than it could spend?
Because none of this adds up to a coherent explanation, I believe we are still in the dark about a hidden bombshell. There must be a secret Unholy Grail that explains her self-destructive behavior of stonewalling and lying.
I won’t speculate on what the Clintons are hiding because my gifts of imagination are no match for theirs. They always had a knack for pioneering new ways of selling access. No president had ever thought of renting out the Lincoln Bedroom until they did it.
The sleazy act that so outraged the nation then seems positively quaint now, thanks to the creative ways they’ve monetized power since leaving the White House. Now they could afford to buy the furniture they tried to steal on their way out the door then!
Of course, I could be wrong. I could be giving them far too much credit.
Maybe the Clintons really are just ordinary grifters, con artists who enjoy the thrill of pulling off the scam. Maybe it’s not even about the money.
Then again, it’s always about the money, one way or another.
And so, as with Watergate, with Bernie Madoff and now with the Clintons, the advice to all gumshoes is the same: Follow the money. Whatever deep, dark secret they are hiding, the money will lead us to it.
The price of “paying tribute” in order to gain an audience with someone in power goes all the way back to Biblical Times, continuing to the American and French Revolutions.
Our government was never meant to be a Monarchy. America remains a Constitutional Republic.
American Politicians were never meant to be Lords, who would remain in power in perpetuity, amassing unlimited wealth by accepting “tribute” from those seeking “favors”.
Our Founding Fathers envisioned Citizen Statesman, who after serving their country and their communities for a short period of time, would return to their homes, to their families, and to their trades.
What Hillary Clinton tried to get away with is a prime example of why our Founders set up the System of Checks and Balances that they did when they were constructing our system of government.
Obama, the Department of Justice, and the Clintons circumvented that system with a series of maneuvers carried out between the White House, the campaign Trail, and a private jet idling on a Tarmac at an airport.
It is way past time to get to the truth of the real “collusion” that happened during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State.
And, it is way past time that she answered for it.
Until He Comes,