WASHINGTON, D.C. – The rapid pace of the news cycle may make the Clinton Foundation scandals seem like a long time ago, but it was only five years ago that the outfit was getting tens of millions in donations from foreign countries and sketchy organizations in the run up to 2016 elections. Then Hillary Clinton lost the election, and the donations suddenly dried up. It’s almost as if the electoral loss blew up a pay-to-play scheme.
That’s exactly what new evidence suggests as revealed in tax filings that show donations to the foundation took a nose dive right after the election. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) says the questions raised by these documents demand answers.
From Fox News:
“[…] Three people have come forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, including misappropriation of funds and allegations 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 set to hold an investigative hearing next week on the status of the Foundation case. […]
Last week, Fox News reported that newly filed tax documents showed donations to the Clinton Foundation plunged in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The filings showed that the foundation took in $26.6 million in 2017, a 58 percent drop from the $62.9 million it received the previous year.
[…] 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.””
Documents held by a private investigative firms contain assessments of the Foundation’s co-mingling of personal and charity funds, calling out former president Bill Clinton for spending the “charitable donations” on personal expenses. The real trail of corruption and abuse of power to follow on Capitol Hill probably leads right to the Clinton Foundation, which interestingly got more donations from Ukraine than any other foreign country. Ukraine; why does that ring a bell?
Read all about the giant slush fund for international pull, here.