A letter penned by Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee that’s being circulated on Capitol Hill among fellow congressional members – en route to federal law enforcement authorities – accuses the Clinton Foundation of “lawless” schemes and asks the FBI’s director, along with other feds, to investigate.
The letter specifically alleges the William, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is a “lawless, ‘Pay-to-Play’ enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years,” the Daily Caller reported.
Blackburn is due to send it along to FBI Director James Comey, Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Kosinen and Federal Trade Commission chair Edith Ramirez for review and possible “public corruption” investigation.
Specifically, Blackburn wants to expose any potential untoward ties between Clinton’s work as secretary of state, and the policies she put forward, with donations to the Clinton Foundation.
“[There is a] pattern of dealing that personally enriched the Clintons at the expense of American foreign policy,” the letter states.
In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation, Blackburn said: “It’s my hope that they will investigate this and look at what is going on with that foundation.”
She also pointed to the fact the IRS originally approved the foundation as a domestic charity that would finance the building of Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas – and not to influence overseas policy.
“[I want them] to look at their IRS paperwork to see if they have ever amended it to include having activity outside of the United States,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn’s letter cited examples of curious ties between Clinton’s State Department policies and donations to the Clinton Foundation. One focused on a deal made between the Clintons, Laureate Education and Uranium One. As the Daily Caller noted, Laureate paid $16.5 million for Bill Clinton to serve as a part-time “honorary chancellor” in 2010, a year after his wife began her State Department duties. Laureate then gave upwards of $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.
In that same time frame, the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID – a division run by the State Department – gave $55 million to the International Youth Foundation. The tie?
The International Youth Foundation is run by a man named David Becker, the founder of Laureate Education.
“[The dealings created] an appearance that millions of dollars in taxpayer money was channeled to IYF by Secretary Clinton’s State Department as a kickback for her husband’s generous contract as an honorary Laureate chancellor,” Blackburn’s letter stated.