While media has been doing a lot of reporting the past week on the filings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, what has gotten less attention is the continuing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The FBI has been looking into the Foundation again under the eyes of U.S. Attorney John Huber and Congress will be having a hearing to see where the investigation is at.
And there’s no doubt that media doesn’t want to report on the alleged remarks of Clinton Foundation’s longtime chief financial officer, Andrew Kessel.
According to The Hill’s John Solomon, Kessel is quoted as saying he was “unable to stop former President Clinton from ‘commingling’ personal business and charitable activities inside the foundation and that he ‘knows where all the bodies are buried.’”
Well, that doesn’t sound good.
So here’s the skinny, according to Solomon: About a year ago, a firm called MDA Analytics LLC filed a 6,000-page whistleblower report on the Clinton Foundation.
They “alleged the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties,” according to Solomon.
“In addition to the IRS, the firm’s partners have had contact with prosecutors in the main Justice Department in Washington and FBI agents in Little Rock, Arkansas. And last week, a federal prosecutor suddenly asked for documents from their private investigation.”
“There is probable cause that the Clinton Foundation has run afoul of IRS rules regarding tax-exempt charitable organizations and has acted inconsistently with its stated purpose,” MDA alleged.
“The Foundation should be investigated for all of the above-mentioned improprieties. The tax rules, codes, statutes and the rule of law should and must be applied in this case.”
While Kessel spoke to them MDA and did not specifically implicate the Clintons in his remarks, he did make this statement about Bill Clinton.
Kessel said that “one of the biggest problems was Mr. Clinton’s commingling and use of business and donated funds and his personal expenses.”
“There is no controlling Bill Clinton. He does whatever he wants and runs up incredible expenses with foundation funds,” Kessel said. “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.”
The Foundation disputed that there had been anything improper done and said that Kessel denies suggesting Clinton did anything improper or illegal. According to Solomon they did “acknowledge that the internal reviews cited in the submission were authentic and did in fact flag issues that the foundation has tried to address, including major governance changes made public in 2013.”
Solomon spoke with six former federal investigators about what they thought of the case.
“It is a very good roadmap for investigation,” retired FBI supervisory agent Jeffrey Danik told Solomon. Danik is described as “a prior practicing certified public accountant who helped the bureau make some of its most complex financial fraud and terrorism cases during a 29-year career.”
“When you have the organization’s own lawyers using words like ‘quid pro quo,’ ‘conflicts of interest’ and ‘whistleblower protections,’ you have enough to get permission to start interviewing and asking questions,” Danik said.
Sounds like it’s going to be a fun week for the Clintons if this all comes out in the hearing.