by Matthew Vadum
The Mueller probe expands to cover Clinton’s relationship with Russia.
Senior federal prosecutors are investigating Hillary Clinton, the sale of Uranium One, and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a move that may lead to the appointment of another independent prosecutor, Fox News reports.
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice ordered prosecutors to examine “certain issues” raised by congressional Republicans, according to a letter Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and other committee members, who have been demanding a special counsel be assigned to probe Clinton.
Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was appointed in May as a special counsel to investigate the Russia-Trump campaign electoral collusion conspiracy theory peddled by the Left to undermine the Trump administration. Since then former Trump campaign aides Paul J. Manafort Jr. and Richard W. Gates III have been indicted by Mueller’s fishing expedition for wrongdoings like tax evasion that are unrelated to the campaign.
Mueller has also been investigating Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group for their Russian entanglements. Podesta is the brother of Clinton campaign chairman and Center for American Progress founder John Podesta. “The Podesta Group, a longtime K Street fixture … will reportedly shut down by year's end as the firm's involvement in a lobbying campaign on behalf of pro-Russia forces in the Ukrainian government has fallen under scrutiny from both the press and Robert Mueller,” the Washington Examiner reports.
The Podesta Group lobbied for Uranium One, the Canadian-based energy company. In 2010, the Obama administration allowed Uranium One to be acquired by Russia’s Rosatom, which gave the company control over one-fifth of U.S. uranium-mining capacity to Russia, despite an ongoing FBI probe into a Rosatom subsidiary allegedly involved in racketeering. The Uranium One deal was approved by Hillary Clinton’s Department of State acting as one of nine institutional members of an inter-agency review board called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The approval came around the time her husband received the suspiciously large sum of $500,000 for a single speech from Russian sources. Donations from Russians and others hoping to cash in on a prospective Hillary Clinton presidency reportedly flooded the coffers of the corrupt, now-embattled Clinton Foundation.
Boyd wrote in the letter that “[t]hese senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to 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 Fox News:
The letter specifically mentioned allegations related to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, including allegations that DOJ and FBI “policies or procedures” were “not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” then-FBI Director James Comey’s public announcement to close the Clinton email “matter” on July 5, 2016, or the letter he sent lawmakers on October 28, 2016, about newly discovered Clinton emails, and that those “investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”The revelation comes as Sessions, who previously told a Senate panel he would recuse himself from “those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and that were raised during the campaign or to be otherwise connected to it,” is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday at an oversight hearing at which new questions regarding what he knew about contacts between the Russian government and the Trump campaign are likely to arise.
As CBS News reports, last month Sessions told the committee that the campaign was not in contact with Russian operatives during the 2016 election cycle, but newly unsealed court documents indicated that during a March 2016 meeting Donald Trump and Sessions attended former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos offered to arrange a meeting with then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Papadopoulos recently pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with foreign nationals.
Last week Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said there is "no question" that Sessions must appear before Congress again in an open session to "reconcile" his testimony.
It was only recently that Americans learned that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS to create the explosive, far-fetched dossier that attempted to smear President Trump by falsely linking him to Russia. The character-assassination file is the salacious, 35-page report written by British former spy Christopher Steele and published by cat-video and gossip website BuzzFeed. The dossier claimed, among other things, that Trump hired prostitutes to urinate in Moscow in front of him. Some of the information in the dossier is said to have come directly from the Kremlin.
The dossier was just one of many dirty tricks Hillary Clinton’s campaign used in an effort to undermine her opponent’s campaign during the 2016 election cycle. Clinton also personally authorized the illicit efforts of felon Bob Creamer and organizer Scott Foval who fomented violence at Trump campaign rallies, as James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group revealed in undercover videos.
But will Clinton herself ever be indicted as a result of Mueller’s investigations? Time will tell.
Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at the investigative think tank Capital Research Center, is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."
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