FBI tries to claw back credibility – and maybe get on Trump's good side

Suddenly, suddenly, the FBI isn't so blasé about the doings of the Clinton Foundation, launching a new investigation into its apparently corrupt activities.  Might it really be a quest for the FBI's lost credibility?

According to a report from John Solomon of The Hill:

The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as [s]ecretary of [s]tate, law enforcement officials and a witness tell[] The Hill.

FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in coming weeks.

The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.

The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.

More than a year ago, author Peter Schweizer and the New York Times did a sort of joint investigation showing just how bad things were, with money flowing into the Clinton Foundation and favors flowing out of Hillary Clinton's State Department, notably in the case of the Uranium One giveaway to the Russians.  The Times and Schweizer are hardly ideological coevals, so the fact that the two could work together and come to the same conclusion says something.  The Times utilized a preview of Schweizer's upcoming blockbuster, Clinton Cash, and then augmented the research with its own reporting.  The Times' editorial page didn't like it but seemed to accept that facts are facts, and no corrections were issued on the story.

Pay for play was hardly confined to Russians and uranium.  A Swiss company called Firmenich reportedly was experiencing a lime shortage for its fragrance industry and somehow got Bill Clinton to get some lime trees (as opposed to other things) planted in Haiti via the Clinton Foundation.  After that, a $260,000 check was waiting for him for a brief speech in Switzerland – so the reports say.

There were countless instances of funds rolling in to the Clinton Foundation as favors rolled out, either from State or the foundation leaning on foreign governments.

The Hill reported  that the FBI's Little Rock office found all sorts of problems in its local investigation but were rebuffed in their findings by headquarters and the highly politicized Obama Department of Justice.  The investigation apparently died.

Until...well, now.  This raises questions about just how the FBI does business.  Far from fear or favor, it let itself be rolled by positively Chavista-level politicizers from Team Obama.  It was so bad that the private sector with its far feebler investigative resources was able to show the FBI up.  Now the agents are scrambling to recover some lost credibility, as a law enforcement agency, not an Obama enforcer.

They may also be trying to restore credibility with President Trump, who has berated them for their politicization on Twitter.  After all, they are going to have to work with him for the next three or seven years, and there will be resources and prerogatives they want.

Well, glad they got on it.  Better late than never.

Suddenly, suddenly, the FBI isn't so blasé about the doings of the Clinton Foundation, launching a new investigation into its apparently corrupt activities.  Might it really be a quest for the FBI's lost credibility?

According to a report from John Solomon of The Hill:

The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as [s]ecretary of [s]tate, law enforcement officials and a witness tell[] The Hill.

FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in coming weeks.

The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.

The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.

More than a year ago, author Peter Schweizer and the New York Times did a sort of joint investigation showing just how bad things were, with money flowing into the Clinton Foundation and favors flowing out of Hillary Clinton's State Department, notably in the case of the Uranium One giveaway to the Russians.  The Times and Schweizer are hardly ideological coevals, so the fact that the two could work together and come to the same conclusion says something.  The Times utilized a preview of Schweizer's upcoming blockbuster, Clinton Cash, and then augmented the research with its own reporting.  The Times' editorial page didn't like it but seemed to accept that facts are facts, and no corrections were issued on the story.

Pay for play was hardly confined to Russians and uranium.  A Swiss company called Firmenich reportedly was experiencing a lime shortage for its fragrance industry and somehow got Bill Clinton to get some lime trees (as opposed to other things) planted in Haiti via the Clinton Foundation.  After that, a $260,000 check was waiting for him for a brief speech in Switzerland – so the reports say.

There were countless instances of funds rolling in to the Clinton Foundation as favors rolled out, either from State or the foundation leaning on foreign governments.

The Hill reported  that the FBI's Little Rock office found all sorts of problems in its local investigation but were rebuffed in their findings by headquarters and the highly politicized Obama Department of Justice.  The investigation apparently died.

Until...well, now.  This raises questions about just how the FBI does business.  Far from fear or favor, it let itself be rolled by positively Chavista-level politicizers from Team Obama.  It was so bad that the private sector with its far feebler investigative resources was able to show the FBI up.  Now the agents are scrambling to recover some lost credibility, as a law enforcement agency, not an Obama enforcer.

They may also be trying to restore credibility with President Trump, who has berated them for their politicization on Twitter.  After all, they are going to have to work with him for the next three or seven years, and there will be resources and prerogatives they want.

Well, glad they got on it.  Better late than never.