Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Thursday that three people have presented hundreds of pages of evidence of potential Clinton Foundation wrongdoing.
Mark Meadows, R-N.C is the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations. The panel is holding an investigative hearing next week on the status of the Clinton Foundation case.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered U.S. Attorney John Huber to investigate the foundation last year.
The Clinton Foundation has consistently said that it is a charity and never has traded on Hillary Clinton’s position as America’s top diplomat, which she held between 2009-2013. The Foundation has a four-star rating from the watchdog site Charity Navigator and says its mission is “to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.”
However, The Hill reported on Thursday that prosecutors working for U.S. Attorney John Huber recently requested documents from a private investigative firm that also has been looking into the Clinton Foundation.
MDA Analytics LLC, has reportedly contacted the IRS, the Justice Department and the FBI’s Little Rock office with evidence from its own investigation.
The Hill also reported that information filed with the FBI and IRS by a whistleblower 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.
The Hill reports 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.”
Fox News reported last week that newly filed tax documents showed donations to the Clinton Foundation dropped in the wake of Clinton’s loss to Trump in the 2016 presidential race. The filings showed that the Clinton foundation took in $26.6 million in 2017, a 58% drop from the $62.9 million it received in 2016.
A spokesman for the foundation told The New York Post the drop was “largely attributable to the absence of sponsorship and membership contributions for [the Clinton Global Initiative]”, which wrapped up in 2016. However, Meadows said that the donation drop “raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe.
“Whenever we look at the possibility of ‘pay to play’ by government officials, current or former, it demands answers,” Meadows added, “and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable.”
Source: Fox News/The Hill/ New York Post
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