Just weeks after a bruising public battle over Hillary Clinton’s private email server came to an end at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a fresh inquiry has been launched into the activities of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) submitted the call for an investigation into the foundation on July 15th, which has been referred to the FBI, IRS, and FTC.
The IRS has acknowledged the request for investigation and has forwarded it to its Exempt Organizations Examinations office in Dallas.
The Daily Caller reported the development, which comes on the heels of wide public scrutiny over the precipitous manner the Hillary Clinton email case was dropped by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Fox News also reported that dozens of lawmakers are seeking a formal investigation:
A group of 64 House Republicans, in a letter, has asked the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission to examine the dealings of the foundation, alleging “criminal conduct” and describing it as a “pay to play” enterprise.
FBI Director Comey laid out the case that Hillary Clinton did send classified information and did jeopardize national security, but nonetheless would not recommend an indictment to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn commented to the Daily Caller on the impetus for a Clinton Foundation investigation:
Blackburn told TheDCNF she believes the IRS has a double standard because, “they would go after conservative groups and religious groups and organizations, but they wouldn’t be looking at the Clinton Foundation for years. It was as if they choose who they are going to audit and question. It’s not right.”
The Internal Revenue Service itself came under scrutiny during the Obama administration for targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups. Non-profit groups affiliated with the movement were targeted for auditing and other forms of harassment, as was discovered during a Congressional investigation.
The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has been implicated in an alleged “pay-to-play” scheme that posits foreign magnates attempted to influence U.S. policy through donations to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.
Explosive claims spearheaded by Peter Schweitzer of Breitbart News has received new attention with the release of a “Clinton Cash” film (available in full) that received top-trending billing on Facebook. Schweitzer’s allegation that a Russian investment involving Uranium One was approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department among Clinton Foundation donations has been featured in the New York Times.
Rep. Blackburn explains further the rationale behind launching a formal investigation into Clinton Foundation activities, as reported by the Daily Caller:
Blackburn added that it appeared the Clinton Foundation — which was tax-exempt only to construct and manage Clinton’s presidential library — never got IRS approval to become a tax-exempt global organization with operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
“In the Clinton Foundation we have a charity that has never filed the appropriate paperwork,” Blackburn stated.
“It’s crystal clear in a review of their application that their purposes were narrowly limited, as they should have been, to a presidential archive in Little Rock, Arkansas,” Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel said to the Daily Caller. “End of discussion.”
Bill and Hillary Clinton have made $153 million in speaking fees since the former president left office in 2001.