The Clintons weren’t very happy campers at the inauguration on Friday. There were uncharacteristically subdued. The election hadn’t turned out as expected and knew they had sit and watch being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
They sat glumly through the swearing in as the crowd shouted “lock her up.” Trump thanked them for their service and graciously asked them to stand. They did so reluctantly as the crowd continued to voice their disapproval. There appears to be another big reason for the Clinton’s dismay. Obama left office without issuing a pardon for either one of them. The investigation into the Clinton Foundation is in full swing, and orange jumpsuits could be in their futures.
The Clinton Foundation has announced its shutting down the Clinton Global Initiative on April 15. The Clintons have discovered that influence peddling is much more difficult, when you don’t have any more influence to peddle. In a tax filing, the Clinton Global Initiative said it’s firing 22 staffers and closing its offices, a result of the gusher of foreign money that kept the foundation afloat is suddenly drying up after Hillary Clinton failed to win the presidency.
The Clinton Foundation was little more than an influence-peddling scheme to enrich the Clintons, and had little if anything to do with “charity,” either overseas or in the U.S. That sound you heard starting in November was checkbooks being snapped shut in offices around the world by people who had hoped their donations would buy access to the next president of the United States.
Money launderers who bragged on a secret federal wiretap that they could employ Clinton Foundation connections to funnel and cleanse millions in illicit cash have sparked a newly-minted FBI investigation into the embattled charity run by Hillary Clinton and her family, federal law enforcement officials confirm.
The money laundering allegations being probed by the FBI have been sustained by recent revelations and evidence discovered by the NYPD from a laptop confiscated from Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Manhattan residence. According to NYPD, several of the emails recovered on the hard drive disclosed sensitive financial details of the Clintons and their charity. That evidence is now in the hands of the FBI too, whose New York field office has opened a parallel Clinton Foundation investigation.
NYPD sources said Weiner’s email treasure trove contained correspondences regarding a company linked to President Bill Clinton and at least one offshore company, a South American affiliate of the Clinton Foundation. The emails also contained offshore financial correspondences, the source said.
Federal agents said one U.S.-based company is owned by Bill Clinton and linked banking intelligence discovered in emails, that an entity disbursed millions of dollars via wire transfers through global banks to additional accounts controlled by the Clinton family and its charity.
Federal law enforcement sources said the Los Angeles-based money launderers, who are part of a separate federal investigation, discussed previously using Clinton Foundation personnel to domesticate foreign funds that could not be legally brought into the United States through traditional bank wires and deposits.
NYPD intelligence sources versed in anti-money laundering, said the emails and other items obtained from Weiner’s laptop paint a portrait of a complex corporate umbrella strategically formulated to seemingly operate and avoid law-enforcement detection.
“There’s sophistication in how this works and distributes cash to other accounts,” a federal intelligence source said. “Do we think this involves gun-running or drug-dealing criminals? Not intentionally, but the infrastructure is set up almost identically. Proceeds and income are being hidden the same way.”
Has the Clinton Foundation and/or affiliates underwritten or profited from terror groups? It is distinctly possible it has conducted business with terror-backed financial concerns, federal agents said based on a cache of suspicious financial activity reports filed by institutions with the U.S. Treasury which flagged transactions with known terror-linked cartels, including Islamic factions.
This is why the foundation is shutting down. They are destroying records as fast as they can, and hoping they can limit the damage. Why did the Clintons have a money laundering operation set up designed to move money across national borders?
While the sophistication of the financial structuring and money movement may seem familiar to law enforcement, this case is anything but a normal investigation, notwithstanding its targets include a former U.S. president and secretary of state. Normal joint operating protocols between the FBI and Justice Department have been abandoned.
FBI agents in the Los Angeles field office, where the money laundering probe launched have been continuously hassled by Justice Department, they wanted the investigation terminated. Likewise, Justice Department officials have instructed FBI agents in New York City to stand down and abandon the inquiry. However, the Bureau has refused to buckle, especially after receiving corroborating evidence from the NYPD.
Who can forget the Marc Rich scandal? In 1983 Rich and partner Pincus Green were indicted on 65 criminal counts, including income tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering, and trading with Iran during the oil embargo (at a time when Iranian revolutionaries were still holding American citizens’ hostage). The charges would have led to a sentence of more than 300 years in prison had Rich been convicted on all counts. The indictment was filed by then-U.S. Federal Prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani. At the time, it was the biggest tax evasion case in U.S. history.
Learning of the plans for the indictment, Rich fled to Switzerland and, always insisting that he was not guilty, never returned to the U.S. to answer the charges. Rich’s companies eventually pleaded guilty to 35 counts of tax evasion and paid $90 million in fines, although Rich himself remained on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Ten Most-Wanted Fugitives List for many years, narrowly evading capture in Britain, Germany, Finland, and Jamaica. Fearing arrest, he did not even return to the United States to attend his daughter’s funeral in 1996.
Clinton’s critics alleged that Rich’s pardon had been bought, as Denise Rich had given more than $1 million to Democratic Party, including more than $100,000 to the Senate campaign of the president’s wife, Hillary Clinton, and $450,000 to the Clinton Library foundation during Clinton’s time in office. The Clinton corruption has continued for years.
The Clintons had more on their minds than just having to sit through Trump’s inauguration. They know they could be facing money laundering, tax evasion, and criminal conspiracy charges, just to name a few.
No wonder they didn’t look happy.
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