FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — Last week’s stunning announcement by FBI Director James Comey exonerating Hillary Clinton from criminal liability in connection with her email malfeasance came as a shock to many and leaves three lingering questions of import. First, does the closure of Emailgate mean that Clinton is off the hook and no longer faces the prospect of criminal prosecution? Second, what effect does Comey’s recommendation have on future investigations involving individuals who engaged in similar misconduct? And third, will Comey’s decision not to recommend charges have any impact on the 2016 general election?
In January, Fox News reported that the FBI had expanded its email probe against Hillary Clinton to include the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business and whether the overlap violated public corruption laws.
Companies with close ties to the Clintons and their foundation received highly lucrative contracts in the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake and Hillary’s brother received a cushy job with one of those companies despite his lack of requisite experience. In addition, Hillary approved a deal that allowed Russia to acquire 20 percent of all uranium production capacity in the United States. It was later revealed that entities with vested interests in seeing the deal go through donated $2.5 million to the foundation. In addition, before the deal was finalized, Bill Clinton received an invitation to come to Moscow and give a speech and in return, was paid a cool $500,000.
These well-publicized cases are illustrative of potential rampant corruption plaguing Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state. Significantly, Comey made no mention of this malfeasance during his announcement and limited his conclusions and recommendations to the email probe. Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) of the House Oversight Committee asked Comey directly whether such an investigation was ongoing and Comey refused to issue comment “on the existence or nonexistence of any other ongoing investigations,” leaving the door open to the possibility that this aspect is still actively being pursued.
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