IRS Launches Investigation of Clinton Foundation

Embattled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen sends request from 64 House Republicans, led by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to its Exempt Organization Program.

I meant to post this earlier, but as many of you know, I was watching and live posting the Donald Trump presser this a.m. Wasn’t that terrific?

Don’t get too excited. He sent it to the same bunch that targeted conservatives.

From The Daily Caller:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen referred congressional charges of corrupt Clinton Foundation “pay-to-play” activities to his tax agency’s exempt operations office for investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

The request to investigate the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on charges of “public corruption” was made in a July 15 letter by 64 House Republicans to the IRS, FBI and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They charged the foundation is “lawless.”

The initiative is being led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican who serves as the vice chairwoman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which oversees FTC. The FTC regulates public charities alongside the IRS.

The lawmakers charged the Clinton Foundation is a “lawless ‘pay-to-play’ enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years and should be investigated.”

“We have forwarded the information you have submitted to our Exempt Organizations Program in Dallas,” Koskinen told the Republicans. …

The Exempt Organization Program is the division of the IRS that regulates the operations of public foundations and charities. It’s the same division that was led by former IRS official Lois Lerner when hundreds of conservative, evangelical and tea party non-profit applicants were illegally targeted and harassed by tax officials. ..

MMM… so perhaps we shouldn’t hold us to much hope that anything we come of this IRS referral, given the arrogant Mr. Koskinen and the fact that he’s in charge. Some of you may be wondering “Wait …isn’t that guy going to be impeached? Chances are he won’t, but there will probably be a vote on it in the House after Congress returns from its recess. Whether Koskinen is there or not, the remaining bureaucrats probably won’t take action on the Clinton Foundation.

What about the FBI, which is also supposed to be investigating the Clinton Foundation? Director Comey has been very tightlipped, but it’s clear there’s plenty to investigate.

Fox News reports on Rep. Blackburn’s response to the Clinton campaign’s typical response:

“They always say that something is old news or that it is a right-wing conspiracy,” Blackburn said. “It’s not a right-wing conspiracy. This is about the rule of law and many times the Clintons feel like they can skirt having closer inspection of their activities by claiming that it is a conspiracy.”

The letter goes on to make a comparison to the indictment of a congressional colleague, Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., on fraud charges regarding her nonprofit.

“The Justice Department indicted a member of Congress for soliciting over $800,000 for charitable cases which were used ‘as a personal slush fund,’” the letter says. “The Clinton Foundation collected $337,985,726.00 in contributions, grants and other revenue in 2014 alone.”

The letter details how former President Bill Clinton accepted $16.5 million as honorary chancellor at Laureate International Universities, founded by Douglas Becker. The company also gave between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation. Bloomberg News reported the U.S. Agency for International Development, an appendage of the State Department, gave more than $55 million to Becker’s International Youth Foundation, while Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.

A Laureate spokesperson pushed back, telling FoxNews.com, “Allegations of any quid pro quo between Laureate, the International Youth Foundation and the Clintons are completely false. … IYF and Laureate Education are independent organizations. Laureate has never received any funds from IYF.” The spokesperson pointed to PolitiFact and Washington Post Fact Checker articles on the issue, while IYF CEO William Reese stated in an open letter that Becker was the board chairman, but the organization has received State Department funding since 1999.

On another front, Uranium One Chairman Ian Telfer donated a total of $2.35 million to the foundation – and the New York Times reported that former President Clinton once received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow from a company promoting Uranium One stock. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was among the U.S. officials that approved the Uranium One sale to Russian investors.

Clearly, Mrs. Clinton has earned the moniker “Crooked Hillary.” Do you agree? Do you think it’s appropriate for Donald Trump to continue to say so? Please let me know in the comments.

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