CNN: It doesn't really matter if Clinton Foundation traded access under Hillary because it's old news
Leave it to Clinton News Network to protect the Clintons at all costs, even if all the justification they have is that the allegations are old news.
On Friday's edition of "The Lead with Jake Tapper," host Tapper and CNN reporter Laura Jarrett discussed new investigations into Clinton Foundation corruption allegations, with Tapper wondering "what's igniting this case again?" because "these allegations have lingered for quite some time."
"That's exactly right, Jake," said Jarrett. "The big question is what exactly has changed?"
Not whether or not donors were actually promised policy favors or special access to Hillary while she was secretary of state under President Obama, but rather, "what exactly has changed?"
"It's unclear precisely what new evidence ignited the current federal investigation after the FBI's official inquiries fizzled out prior to the 2016 election," Jarrett continued. "But what we do know is this, the investigation is being led by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Little Rock, Arkansas, and not only are they looking into whether the foundation engaged in some sort of pay to play scheme with donors, but they're also looking into whether tax laws were followed."
And there's the fact that the Clintons have called the allegations "a sham," so that should be good enough, right?
"The Clinton camp has dismissed these allegations as a sham and the spokesperson for the foundation said to us from time to time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations and time after time these allegations have been proven false," Jarrett said. "But the move to take additional steps at this time is particularly tricky for the Justice Department as the president continues to demand the agency investigate his former political rival and the department tries to stay out of the fray while also running an inquiry it considers legitimate from the prior administration."
"The president is not doing them any favors there," Tapper said, because of course it's all Trump's fault. "Exactly why was the investigation into the Clinton Foundation put on the back burner in the first place?"
"Right," Jarrett replied. "So there are two big factors at play here. The FBI agents in different field offices, including in Arkansas, had been digging around, but the justice Department under the Obama Administration didn't think they had found sufficient evidence to move forward with subpoenas or other major significant investigative steps. We also reported back in 2016 that there was a sensitivity and an internal disagreement between the Justice Department and the FBI about opening a full-blown investigation in the midst of a presidential election, something we had heard before. Clearly in this case something changed."
Even if being in a presidential election was a legitimate excuse, the fact that we aren't anymore should be plenty enough reason to investigate a case as big as this, even if the targets are the typically above-the-law Clintons.The Clintons, CNN, Kickbacks, Pay to Play, Corruption, Jake Tapper, Laura Jarrett, CLinton Foundation