With only a week until Election Day, the FBI on Tuesday mysteriously released 129 pages of documents from its 2001 investigation into the pardon of Marc Rich by then-President Bill Clinton.
The Clinton investigation files are heavily redacted — to the point that much of it is unreadable. There are, however, a few references to the fact that “standard DOJ procedures governing the issuance of pardons were not followed.”
The internet was on fire with speculation about the odd timing of the release, particularly given that the FBI had just recently sparked controversy by relaunching its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email sever.
“Absent a FOIA litigation deadline, this is odd,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted.
Absent a FOIA litigation deadline, this is odd.
Will FBI be posting docs on Trump's housing discrimination in '70s?https://t.co/uJMMzX6rtI
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 1, 2016
Fallon’s first hunch turned out to be correct.
The FBI released the Clinton investigation files “under normal guidelines” following a formal Freedom of Information Act request, according to NBC News reporter Tom Winter.
NBC News: The release of WJC FBI files was sent by the FOIA office under normal guidelines. A proper requested was made -Pete Williams rpts.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) November 1, 2016
Still, it’s yet another Clinton-linked FBI investigation the public has been reminded of ahead of Election Day on November 8th.
Bloomberg has more on the Rich pardon:
The investigation stemmed from one of several pardons Bill Clinton made on the last day of his presidency in 2001, that of financier and international fugitive Marc Rich, whose wife Denise had given to the Democratic National Committee and the entity that would later become the Clinton Foundation.
You can read through all of the FBI’s William J. Clinton Foundation files here.