House Republicans Expect to Learn More About Clinton Foundation Probe Next Week

Susan Jones | December 7, 2018 | 6:36am EST
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a December 15, 2014 press conference announcing a new initiative called Data 2x to close gender gaps throughout the world. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

( - Next Thursday, a House Oversight subcommittee chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) expects to hear testimony, in public, from two of the people who submitted a formal complaint to the IRS and the FBI alleging problems at the Clinton Foundation.

The formal title of the Dec. 13 hearing is "Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation."

Jon Solomon, an investigative reporter and frequent contributor to Fox News's "Hannity," said on Thursday night that the Oversight subcommittee also has asked Justice Department officials to come in and give a status report on various matters they've been assigned to investigate. Those matters include the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal.


As you may remember, last March, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed Congress that he had asked John Huber, a U.S. attorney in Utah, to "evaluate" issues of concern to House Republicans.

In that March 29 letter, Sessions wrote that at the conclusion of Huber’s review, Huber would recommend “whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened; whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources; or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”

According to Jon Solomon, the Rep. Meadows and his subcommittee now want to learn what Huber has been doing.

"For the first time, Congress is going to put the Trump Justice Department's own officials, their feet to the fire," Solomon told Hannity. "And we're going to get an answer -- have you done anything? How much have you spent on this? Is there illegality or should we drop this line of inquiry with the Clinton Foundation? Next Thursday could be the day we get our answer."

Solomon is reporting that the people who filed the complaint about the Clinton Foundation include experts formerly with the Drug Enforcement Agency; the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut; and compliance experts for major Wall Street firms.

These are people that live and breathe tax law and good governance, and they've put together this complaint. They assembled a lot of internal documents from the Clinton Foundation, perhaps most importantly, two legal reviews that the Clinton Foundation did on itself. And what they found is that the Clinton Foundation itself, its own lawyers, warned that there was a strong possibility that donors were being made promises of quid pro quo favors from Secretary Clinton, when she was in the Obama administration, in return for gifts to the Foundation.

They warned that there was a culture of non-compliance, not wanting to comply with the law, with the rules that the Foundation had to follow. They said that Bill Clinton's personal interest and his commingling of his personal busiess with the Foundation posed a grave threat to the Foundation itself. These are not Republicans. These are not partisans saying it. These are internal documents of lawyers hired by the Clinton Foundation to find out what was going on wrong in the Foundation

This is what they found. So these investigators assemble all of this evidence. They then go and they interview the current CFO, the longtime CFO, of the Clinton Foundation, a guy named Andy Kessel, and they do this in November 2016. And they take him out to dinner or lunch in New York. And they begin asking, Hey, are there problems here?

And according to their memo, their interview memo after they met with him, Kessel makes several spontaneous claims -- that he can't control Bill Clinton; that people have been trying to stop him from comingling personal business with the Foundation. But nobody can control him. And he makes the most provocative of statements, allegedly, if you believe this memo, in which he says, ‘I know where all the bodies are buried in the Clinton Foundation.’

So they assemble all this evidence, they give it to the IRS in August '16; they give it to the main (Trump) Justice Department in October 2017, and then in early 2018, they're called by the FBI in Little Rock and they provide the evidence to the FBI in Little Rock, which means the main apparatus -- the IRS and the FBI and the Justice Department now have access to all of these allegations of wrongdoing.

Hannity said a spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation, asked for a response to Solomon's reporting, told Fox News that it is one of the most heavily scrutinized charitable organizations in the world and is continually subjected to politically motivated allegations. The Foundation's CFO denied any inappropriate or illegal activities.

Hannity also noted that the Clinton Foundation raised $62.9 million dollars in 2016, when it looked like Hillary Clinton might win the presidency, but in 2017, the Foundation raised only $26 million.

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