It was recently discovered that the FBI approached the Justice Department in early 2016 to request an investigation into the integrity of the Clinton Foundation.
In lock-step with its unwillingness to look into the Clintons’ closet, the Department of Justice stated that it didn’t find sufficient evidence to open an investigation into Hillary and Bill Clinton’s “charitable” organization.
Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, has released 296 pages of emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, including 44 emails that Judicial Watch says were not previously handed over to the State Department by Clinton.
The emails raise questions about the Clinton Foundation’s influence on the State Department and its relations during her tenure.
In one email exchange, Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, a Clinton Foundation donor who is reported to have donated up to $5 million to the Foundation, wanted favors.
He wanted to be put in touch with someone at the State Department to discuss Lebanon.
The Clinton Foundation’s top official at the time, Doug Band, contacted Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aides to ask about connecting Chagoury with someone there. He wrote:
“We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re Lebanon. As you know, he’s a key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp.”
Shortly thereafter, Chagoury had an appointment with Jeffrey Feltman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon.
This is the very same Chagoury who is a close friend of Bill Clinton, who struck a plea deal on money-laundering charges in Switzerland in 2000 and was fined $66 million.
Of course, this is but one shady deal where big donors to the Clinton Foundation were provided political favors.
Frank Giustra, a billionaire mining magnate from Vancouver, pledged $100 million to the Foundation in 2005 — and then reaped a fortune from the relationship.
Giustra had dinner in 2010 with Bill and Hillary Clinton right before the Clintons met with the president of Colombia.
Shortly thereafter, a company Giustra partially owned acquired the lucrative rights to conduct logging operations in an ecologically sensitive area along the Colombian coast.
Giustra and Bill Clinton also met with Kazakhstan’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in 2005. Consequently, Giustra’s mining company later signed a deal giving him stakes in three state-run uranium mines in the country.
The mines were acquired by the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, in a deal that got State Department approval on Hillary’s watch.
These two examples barely scratch the surface of the political favors given to donors. The Foundation has accepted millions from foreign countries — some with deplorable human rights records.
For example, the State Department approved a huge increase in arms shipments to Algeria, even though the department’s own 2011 human rights report blasted the country for “arbitrary killing, widespread corruption, and a lack of judicial independence.”
The Algerian government that same year donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
As more and more evidence is uncovered, it will become much more difficult for Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice to refuse to investigate.
The mountain of evidence regarding the corruption of Hillary Clinton and her husband has to topple at some point.