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    FBI has been investigating Clinton Foundation for months

    The FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for months, reviving a probe that was dialed back during the 2016 campaign amid tensions between Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the politically charged case, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The inquiry resumed about a year ago. Agents are now trying to determine if any donations made to the foundation were linked to official acts when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, these people said. The people did not identify what specific donations or interactions agents are scrutinizing.

    Word of the Clinton investigation comes at a particularly fraught time for the Justice Department and FBI, as it tries to navigate several polarizing issues, including an ongoing special-counsel probe of President Donald Trump and his associates, as well as demands from Republicans in Congress that Clinton be reinvestigated on a host of issues. Among those issues is the foundation case.

    On Friday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the Justice Department to investigate whether a key figure in the special counsel probe, a former British spy who authored a dossier of allegations, may have lied to the FBI.


    Members of both parties have accused the FBI and the Justice Department of partisan bias in their probes of Clinton and Trump. Trump has been particularly vocal - both on the campaign trail and as president - about wanting the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton, her allies and her family's foundation. It was not immediately clear that Trump's rhetoric had any influence in spurring the FBI to resume its work, nor could it be determined whether that work began before or after he took office.

    However, the probe's very existence already has led to accusations from Democrats that the Republican administration is pursuing old, dead cases to punish political enemies. A continued probe of Clinton could be viewed, particularly by Republicans, as the department being evenhanded in its approach to political cases.
    Ron Hosko, a former assistant FBI director, said the bureau has been thrust into a "political minefield," with pundits criticizing its every move.
    "This is where big boys earn their pay, and this is where I think you put your nose to the grind stone," Hosko said.
    The Justice Department declined to comment.

    The Clinton Foundation inquiry was first reported by The Hill.

    In a statement, Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said: "Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false. None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people. The Clinton Foundation has demonstrably improved the lives of millions of people across America and around the world while earning top ratings from charity watchdog groups in the process. There are real issues in our society needing attention that the Clinton Foundation works hard to solve every day. So we're going to stay focused on what really matters."
    The Clinton Foundation probe dates back to 2015, when FBI agents in Los Angeles, New York, Little Rock and Washington began looking at those who had made donations to the charity, based largely on news accounts, according to people familiar with the matter.

    But in 2016, Justice Department prosecutors rejected a request from FBI agents to expand and intensify their work. They asked that the bureau not take any investigative steps that could become public, out of worry that could affect the impending election.

    The investigation resumed some time after the election, with the FBI's Little Rock office taking the lead, said one person familiar with the matter. Still, there was some skepticism inside the Justice Department that it would ever produce charges.

    "It was never a great case, but it's still being worked," one person familiar with the probe said.
    Republicans in particular have long raised concerns about what they viewed as corruption and conflicts of interest at the Clinton Foundation, in particular Hillary Clinton's dealings with its donors while she was secretary of state. GOP lawmakers had called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in July and again in September to explore various Clinton Foundation dealings, as well as other matters, by appointing a special counsel to look into Clinton-related issues. In November, the Justice Department wrote that Sessions would direct senior prosecutors to look into the cases about which they raised concerns and hinted that some might already be under investigation.

    Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote at the time that part of what the department would do was assess whether "any matters currently under investigation require further resources," although he said his letter should not be construed as confirming or denying any probe.

    By that time, according to the people familiar with the matter, agents already were investigating the Clinton Foundation.

    The foundation inquiry is separate from the FBI's high-profile investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, although Republicans have said that probe, too, needs to be reopened. The email investigation focused on whether Clinton or her aides mishandled classified information by using the private server. The FBI's director at the time, James Comey, recommended in July 2016 the case be closed without charges, and although work on it briefly resumed in October - soon before the presidential election - he ultimately did not change his mind, and the Justice Department endorsed his recommendation.
    Justice Department officials have said senior prosecutors also are reviewing investigative records on the Clinton email case to see if any of the concerns raised by Republican lawmakers merit appointment of a special counsel for further investigation.

    Word of the ongoing foundation probe came shortly after Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, suggested in a Washington Examiner column Thursday that it might be time for a new attorney general.

    Trump has publicly toyed with removing Sessions, and he has repeatedly criticized the Justice Department and said his attorney general should look into Clinton and her allies, taking aim most recently at top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. On the campaign trail, Trump's supporters frequently chanted "Lock her up!" at the mention of Clinton's name, and the Republican candidate specifically called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation.

    "Let's call this what it is: A sham," Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said Friday in a statement. "This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a long-debunked project spearheaded by [former Trump adviser] Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with Jeff Sessions doing Trump's bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently. The goal is to distract from the indictments, guilty pleas, and accusations of treason from Trump's own people at the expense of our justice system's integrity. It's disgraceful, and should be concerning to all Americans."

    The calls for a special counsel to investigate Clinton-related matters and the FBI have intensified on the right as a separate investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller III, explores whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election, and whether Trump himself might have tried to obstruct justice in that inquiry.

    The Clinton Foundation has raised billions of dollars since it was formed and generally receives high marks from philanthropy watchdog organizations. But because of its global donor base and Hillary Clinton's former position as the United States' top diplomat, it also faced questions about contributions from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Algeria.

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    It's needs to be done. Not sure if doing it during this administration is such a good idea though.

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    "Let's call this what it is: A sham," Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said Friday in a statement. "This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a long-debunked project spearheaded by [former Trump adviser] Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with Jeff Sessions doing Trump's bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently. The goal is to distract from the indictments, guilty pleas, and accusations of treason from Trump's own people at the expense of our justice system's integrity. It's disgraceful, and should be concerning to all Americans."
    This goes back to the "unfit for office" argument....Trump seeks revenge on his rivals, he has no concept of realizing when to let go and has no concept of how the government he supposedly leads is supposed to operate. I think he was quoted as saying, "Only schmucks don't get revenge."
    "I was a good student. I comprehend very well, OK, better than I think almost anybody," - President Trump comparing his legal knowledge to a Federal judge.

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    Clinton H is a criminal and needs putting in prison. Fuck Trump. He's of no import at all. Clinton is a criminal. Clinton W is a worrying sexual predator and needs investigating and putting in prison. Only saved by the sweetheart deal Jeff Epstein did, written up by other worrying sexual predator alan dershowitz. I simply CAN NOT believe any one actually sticking up for this criminal family. Beggars belief. Trump has nothing to do with it. The Clintons are criminals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Clinton H is a criminal and needs putting in prison. Fuck Trump. He's of no import at all. Clinton is a criminal. Clinton W is a worrying sexual predator and needs investigating and putting in prison. Only saved by the sweetheart deal Jeff Epstein did, written up by other worrying sexual predator alan dershowitz. I simply CAN NOT believe any one actually sticking up for this criminal family. Beggars belief. Trump has nothing to do with it. The Clintons are criminals.

    They're all apart of the same criminal cartels, yet rarely convicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Fuck Trump. He's of no import at all.
    I'm guessing most people feel the same way about the guy who's supposed to be a president.

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    So a another political party needs to deflect and chooses the Clintons, who have already been investigated multiple times in the past for the very same things, are investigated again. Why? Is it because new evidence has been uncovered or is it that Sessions would be put out to pasture if Trump's desire for an investigation didn't happen?

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    it's certainly a politically motivated investigation...but it can't be stopped with the GOP in control of govt, so let the chips fall where they may.

    if someone is found guilty, send them to jail.

    but this 'deep state' and bush/clinton/obama dynasty BS is complete tinfoil hat madness being sold to rubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    it's certainly a politically motivated investigation...but it can't be stopped with the GOP in control of govt, so let the chips fall where they may.
    Sessions obviously pandering to his boss's tweets in order to keep his job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    SKkin should take note.
    I've been taking a lot of notes...










    A decent nation would have impeached Bush and Obama


    The administration of George W. Bush committed a number of actions, some of which are likely criminal, some of which expand the powers of the executive beyond credible fidelity to the constitution and some of which are just plain offensive regardless of their legality. President Obama, who followed Bush into office, made some show of reversing some of the policies of his predecessor that had brought protest from civil libertarian and good government groups. Other policies were maintained intact or, worse, expanded.

    Obama's failures in this regard and his failure to prosecute his predecessor for actions like torture, disappearances, extrajudicial killings, maintaining secret foreign gulags, warrantless mass surveillance, and manipulating intelligence and catapulting propaganda to lead the nation into a dubiously legal preemptive war, among other actions, have created a culture of impunity that makes these sorts of offenses likely to recur.

    Obama's New Job: Guardian of Offcial Lies
    https://www.blackagendareport.com/ob...ardian_of_lies

    The ruling class is seriously rattled over its loss of control over the national political narrative -- a consequence of capitalism’s terminal decay and U.S. imperialism’s slipping grip on global hegemony. When the Lords of Capital get rattled, their servants in the political class are tasked with rearranging the picture and reframing the national conversation. In other words, Papa Imperialism needs a new set of lies, or renewed respect for the old ones. Former president Barack Obama, the cool operator who put the U.S. back on the multiple wars track after a forced lull in the wake of George Bush’s defeat in Iraq, has eagerly accepted his new assignment as Esteemed Guardian of Official Lies.

    At this stage of his career, Obama must dedicate much of his time to the maintenance of Official Lies, since they are central to his own “legacy.” With the frenzied assistance of his first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, Obama launched a massive military offensive – a rush job to put the New American Century back on schedule. Pivoting to all corners of the planet, and with the general aim of isolating and intimidating Russia and China, the salient feature of Obama’s offensive was the naked deployment of Islamic jihadists as foot soldiers of U.S. imperialism in Libya and Syria. It is a strategy that is morally and politically indefensible -- unspeakable! -- the truth of which would shatter the prevailing order in the imperial heartland, itself.
    continued here: https://www.blackagendareport.com/ob...ardian_of_lies

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    ^bunch of deplorables...innit

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    Republicans trying to shift the narrative from the orange cunto russia investigation to something else.

    Which they can do while they chair all the relevant committees.

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    They'll be buying a new shredder to store the documents they lost in the fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    They'll be buying a new shredder to store the documents they lost in the fire.
    Oh wouldn't they just love to disappear all the evidence before the Dems get back in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    I've been taking a lot of notes...
    Funny how some fools believe there is a difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Too busy with their heads stuck up their arses. Henry Kissinger said after meeting trump, interviewing him on the casting coach, that no matter who won the election, foreign policy would not change. Why? Because the POTUS has no say in it. Why? They are puppets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    the POTUS has no say in it. Why? They are puppets.

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    Ahh bless - this fool thinks potus has any "power". Everyone has the right to be naive, raymundo, but you abuse the privilege like this guy.


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    Poor old pseudopuss, for every news item he's got some brainless conspiracy theory.

    Example: Pubs to stay open late for Royal Wedding
    Pseudopuss: The evil deep state are brainwashing the sheeple with alcohol


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    Stupid old harrydimwit - keeps chucking out the conspeeeeeracy nonsense because he is too dumb to realise what is staring him in the face.

    Example: Obama vowed to end wars and foreign intervention. Did reverse. Trump vowed to end wars and foreign intervention. Doing nothing but starting more wars. Puppets telling platitudes to fools like you to be swallowed up and believed, whilst they continue doing what they are told to do.

    COGNITIVE DISSONANCE you stupid old twat. To admit what is happening means you have to cast away all your trust and belief in THE STATE, CNN, BBC, and all the other bullshit you hold so close. But, at least you would not be collecting all that arab spunk on the top of your shaven head as it dribbles down your throat... what with your head being stuck up your own arse all the time.

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    And to make it worse, the brainless little turd has inherited his hero Buttplug's proclivity for the cock.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Funny how some fools believe there is a difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Too busy with their heads stuck up their arses. Henry Kissinger said after meeting trump, interviewing him on the casting coach, that no matter who won the election, foreign policy would not change. Why? Because the POTUS has no say in it. Why? They are puppets.
    Agree 100%. Being a hideous moron does ofitself make one any more guilty than another of hideous wrongdoing. It's the charming, good-looking ones that tick boxes and make pretty speeches, yet achieve nothing but triggering catastrophes abroad, and are adept at concealing and brushing things off or have media and celebrities eating out of their hands, that need more scrutiny.

    It's amazing how easily people suspend their objectivity around presidents that aren't called Trump and reminds one of how jelly-kneed men get when a hot girl walks into a room and smiles and giggles at one of their jokes.

    It's also one hell of a cop-out to accuse anyone who draws attention to either shady behaviour or foreign policy catastrophes of being a tin hatter whilst simultaneously peddling identikit tin hattery over foreign interventions worthy of a lame Hollywood action movie, whilst relentlessly laying into an easy target politician who gaffes by default.

    Major double standards, and facts on the ground completely ignored... to have to mention them would be quite outrageous - and yet the tinhatters carry on calling everyone else a conspiracy theorist, whilst doing it themselves!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Funny how some fools believe there is a difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Too busy with their heads stuck up their arses. Henry Kissinger said after meeting trump, interviewing him on the casting coach, that no matter who won the election, foreign policy would not change. Why? Because the POTUS has no say in it. Why? They are puppets.
    The deep slumber and dumbing down continues.
    The manner in which is acceptable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Funny how some fools believe there is a difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.

    So you think Al Gore would have found WMDs and invaded Iraq?

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    ^Nope, that's why they rigged the election against him. H.Clinton of the other hand has ramped up covert ops and meddling in other countries. A bit like Bliar did under Noo Labour in the 90's.

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