Despite what the mainstream media may be telling you, the investigation into “crooked Hillary” is not over. It’s just evolving. The FBI is still investigating the pay-for-play activity of the Clinton Foundation, and President-elect Donald Trump team is asking other countries to help.
Sources inside the transition team told the the New York Post the new administration plans to instruct the U.S. ambassadors it will appoint to suggest to foreign governments that they probe the Clinton Foundation’s financial dealings.
“Haiti and Colombia will be key diplomatic posts for this because of all the money involved,” said the source.
In Haiti, recently leaked e-mails indicate “Friends of Bill” Clinton may have been given priority from the State Department as it prepared to spend some $10 billion in aid after a devastating earthquake hit the country in 2010. The State Department has denied any special treatment.
The government of Haiti may have the most impetus to aid in the investigations. After a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the island nation in January 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, the former president, visited Haiti. The couple promised to helpin the rebuilding effort, and Bill Clinton was named the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. The pair controlled billions of dollars in contracts awarded by the State Department for the reconstruction. Coincidentally, many of those companies that received lucrative contracts “just happened to” have been major donors to the Clinton Foundation.
During the presidential campaign, the former president of the Haitian Senate, Bernard Sansaricq, told Donald Trump that he had documentation to prove that the Clintons had tried to bribe him to stay silent about the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to defraud the people of Haiti.
In Colombia, Canadian mining magnate and Clinton pal Frank Giustra benefited from the foundation’s philanthropic work, which enabled him to acquire large parcels of land and set up an oil business, according to watchdog groups. The fact that Giustra had pledged $100 million to the foundation in 2005 seems at least to raise questions.
Giustra was also a key player in the Uranium One scandal as outlined in the Peter Schweizer book “Clinton Cash.” He was one of nine investors — all Clinton Foundation mega donors — who profited from a uranium deal that gave the group ownership of 20% of the U.S. uranium supply.
The Clinton Foundation, headed by Donna Shalala, the former health and human services secretary in the Clinton administration, has received millions from dozens of foreign governments including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and Ireland.
Days after Hillary Clinton’s election defeat, French federal comptrollers began following a trail of tens of millions in government money that ended up in Clinton Foundation coffers, according to a document reviewed by The Post.
Finally, there is the recent revelation that donations to the Clinton Foundation dropped by 37% last year. Was this because of the evidence turned up that the foundation was part of a criminal pay-for-play enterprise? Whatever the answer, donations are expected to plumment even more precipitously now that the Clintons no longer have a bargaining chip in the form of “access.”
Cross-posted at The Lid