If you are old enough to remember when Bill Clinton was president and wife Hillary was first lady, you remember well the various and sundry scandals that engulfed them throughout their two terms in the White House.
Bill Clinton was impeached and his law license revoked for a time after he lied to Congress over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. As for Hillary, she never had to answer for anything, though she didn’t get much accomplished, either.
The Clintons haven’t ‘cleaned up’ their act since leaving the White House. Using their foundation as a cash cow, the Clintons are believed to have ‘sold’ influence and access in the years since, using Hillary’s various positions as a U.S. senator, secretary of state, and Democratic presidential contender widely expected to handily defeat the most unlikely of all challengers, now-President Donald J. Trump.
For decades the Clintons have escaped justice, but one expert thinks that streak of luck is about to run out, primarily because they are fresh out of “allies” in powerful places.
Writing in Lifezette, Charles Ortel, a retired investment banker-turned-fraud investigator, says that while the Clintons “got a free pass” for years, having been ‘investigated’ by the IRS, Department of Justice, the FBI, and multiple state authorities “seeded with persons loyal to either the Clintons” or former President Obama, that is no longer the case. (Related: If the Trump administration DOESN’T indict Hillary Clinton, James Comey, then the rule of law in America is DEAD.)
Now, “it appears key authorities may finally be turning strict attention toward answering tough questions about public filings of Clinton ‘charities’ inside and outside the United States,” he wrote. “When these powerful organizations engage motivated minds, they will wish to concentrate on a few areas that have long gone begging for attention.”
Ortel is no doubt referring to Friday reports noting that the Trump Justice Department has opened a new “pay for play” investigation in the Clinton Foundation during Hillary’s time as secretary of state.
Republicans and Clinton critics have long believed that she and husband Bill solicited donations from foreign donors who believed they would receive quid pro quo special treatment once they were both back in the White House.
This business of investigating the Clintons and their foundation dates back to the George W. Bush presidency. In 2001 and 2005, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller — he who has since been named as ‘special counsel’ to investigate [bogus] Trump-Russia “collusion” allegations — and then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey — he who helped sabotage the Trump presidency by helping to get Mueller appointed — “could not seem to find obvious and escalating frauds,” Ortel noted.
That was despite the fact that a supposed presidential library complex in Little Rock, Ark., where the Clintons hail from, was fighting an international battle against HIV/AIDS “from unregistered offices in New York and Massachusetts without ever obtaining requiring audits of worldwide activities,” Ortel wrote.
More major investigations followed, including one in December 2009 which was launched by the French government to examine UNITAID, a multilateral international organization principally financed by Paris that sent in excess of $650 million to Clinton Foundation-tied groups that were also supposedly battling HIV/AIDS.
Despite what Ortel cites as obvious violations of various tax and other related laws, nothing was ever ‘found’ and, thus, no charges ever filed. And what’s more, Ortel notes, relevant documentation that is supposed to be publicly available on the website of the foundation — isn’t.
As for the ‘pay-for-play’ probe, The Hill reported, “the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.”
Long-time Clinton watchers like Ortel see one domino after another falling, as longstanding Clinton corruption is further — and finally — exposed.