“The record shows the Obama Justice Department suppressed a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.”
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) The Clinton Foundation has long been suspected of conducting lucrative pay-to-play activities, where donor contributions amounted to buying favors from the Hillary Clinton-led State Department and in anticipation of a Clinton presidency — but nothing has ever come of it.
Now, the conservative legal juggernaut Judicial Watch is suing for answers.
Judicial Watch announced a new lawsuit on Friday, which comes as the U.S. Department of Justice failed to produce requested documents pursuant to a May 2018 Freedom of Information Act request.
That inquiry sought all communications — including emails from governmental and non-governmental accounts — between the FBI and the Attorney General’s office in relation to the purported 2016 investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
FOIA requests are the backbone investigatory tool of journalists and public interest organizations to obtain information that the government does not release to the public. The Obama administration denied such requests more than any other administration in history.
Serious questions remain about how the Foundation escaped accountability in light of news reports of obvious, and potentially devastating, abuses. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton suggests that justice was thwarted in favor of political interests in the 2016 election — which the hidden DOJ documents would potentially reveal.
“The record shows the Obama Justice Department suppressed a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation,” Fitton said on Friday.
“It’s time for the DOJ to stop shielding the Clintons and produce records on this miscarriage of justice,” he said.
In January 2016, the FBI reportedly began investigating the Clinton Foundation as an extension of former FBI director James Comey’s notoriously feckless probe into Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails. Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch referred publicly to the investigation as a “matter.”
But it was Judicial Watch who, through a 2015 lawsuit, broke the news of Hillary Clinton’s illicit “bathroom server” that she used to conduct both official State Department business and Clinton Foundation fundraising.
By October 2016, Comey and Lynch said they did not have “enough evidence to move forward” with their investigation into the Clinton Foundation’s activities.
Notably, in the year after Clinton’s presidential defeat, deep-pocketed donors — which included foreign governments, businessmen and human rights violators — mostly abandoned the Foundation as contributions plummeted by 60 percent.
Reportedly, senior DOJ officials refused FBI field agent requests to issue subpoenas on Clinton Foundation issues in the presidential year of 2016 — which flew in the face of evidence obtained through other Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.
In August 2016, Judicial Watch obtained documents through a FOIA lawsuit showing that in 2009, high-level Clinton Foundation official arranged perks for a donor with Hillary Clinton’s State Department aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin.
It is “important to take care of [Redacted],” an email read, which was discovered to be sent from a Bill Clinton business partner, who happened to work at the executive level of both the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.
Other evidence obtained by Judicial Watch lawsuits show Abedin and Mills put a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire, and Clinton Foundation donor, in touch with a State Department “substance person” on Lebanon.