Three people have submitted hundreds of pages of proof of possible crime by the Clinton Foundation, along with embezzlement of funds and accusations of quid-pro-quo promises made to donors during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Thursday.
Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is also the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations. The panel is created to hold an investigative hearing next week on the status of the Foundation case.
John Huber, U.S. Attorney was jobbed to investigate the foundation last year by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The Clinton Foundation constantly has insisted that it is a charity, and never traded on Hillary Clinton’s position as America’s top diplomat, which she held from 2009-2013. The organization has a four-star rating from the watchdog site Charity Navigator and has promoted its mission “to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.”
Nevertheless, The Hill reported Thursday that prosecutors working for Huber presently demanded documents from a private investigative firm that also has been examining the foundation. The firm, MDA Analytics LLC, reportedly has contacted the IRS, the Justice Department and the FBI’s Little Rock office with proof from its own investigation.
Furthermore, The Hill reported that a whistleblower submission filed with the FBI and IRS in August 2017 along with internal legal reviews that the Clinton Foundation carried between 2008 and 2011. Those reviews attracted woerries about legal compliance and indecent mingling of personal and charity business.
Based on the Hill report, MDA investigators contacted Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel in late November 2016. In the course of 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 diferent interview memo noted 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.”
Last week, Fox News reported that newly filed tax documents displayed donations to the Clinton Foundation plummeted trailing Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The filings indicated that the foundation recieved $26.6 million in 2017, a 58 percent drop from the $62.9 million it got the past year.
A spokesman for the foundation revealed to The New York Post that the drop was “largely attributable to the absence of sponsorship and membership contributions for [the Clinton Global Initiative]”, which finished 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.
Meadows added “Whenever we look at the possibility of ‘pay to play’ by government officials, current or former, it demands answers, “and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable.”