DOJ refuses FBI investigation into Clinton Foundation, then CNN stealth edits damning story

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Perhaps the biggest news story of the year will be that Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined an FBI request to investigate the Clinton Foundation and its relationship with the activities at the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

It was big, that is, to everyone but CNN, which reported the Justice Department declined because it had already investigated the Clinton Foundation and found nothing.

Earlier this week, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released 296 pages of State Department records, including 44 emails that Clinton declined to turn over to the government, revealing a cozy “pay to play” relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s Department of State.

Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that Clinton Foundation official Doug Band had lobbied former Clinton top aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin for a State Department position for someone “important to take care of.” Abedin reassured him that “Personnel has been sending him options.”

The watchdog group then reported more serious “pay to play” allegations:

Included in the new document production is a 2009 email in which Band directs Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us,” and insists that Abedin call Amb. Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.

Chagoury is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to a 2010 investigation by PBS Frontline, Chagoury was convicted in 2000 in Switzerland for laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed to a plea deal and repaid $66 million to the Nigerian government.

 

The Washington Examiner’s Sarah Westwood reported:

This raises serious questions about the DOJ’s impartiality — especially coming on the heels of Lynch’s private meeting with former President Bill Clinton just days before FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that he was recommending that no charges be brought against the former secretary of state.

VICE columnist Michael Tracey reported on something odd going on at CNN:

Thus, in turn, raised questions about both CNN as well as the DOJ.


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