Hillary’s Email Problem
The emails Hillary deleted may just yet land her in jail.
Much has been written about the challenges Hillary Clinton has faced regarding the private email server at her home during her tenure as Secretary of State under President Obama. Most of those articles go to her potentially willful disregard for Federal rules about use of private email for her government position. Others address the risk to National Security such a server may have created, with highly sensitive communications likely going out without necessary firewalls or encryption.
All that may get her a slap on the wrist from authorities. But her real problem with at least some of those emails now appears to be as evidence against her, her husband, and the Clinton Foundation as part of a much larger and possibly criminal enterprise. An enterprise that right now looks like it could include international money laundering and the solicitation of bribes in exchange for political and other favors to individuals and organizations outside the government.
Hillary had deleted the damning emails prior to handing over the server but hitting the delete key does not actually delete a file. Even a simple reformatting of a hard drive under Windows won’t do it. The FBI was able to recover the deleted emails. The more shocking charges broke in a story posted some weeks ago originally in an article by online reporter Frank Huguenard for The Huffington Post. That
1 post, which for reasons that have not been disclosed has been taken down from the publication, was itself triggered by an earlier article by The New York Times going back to 2015 by Jo Becker and Mike Mcintire.
The stories allege that a colleague of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Frank Giustra, a wealthy Canadian mining magnate, conspired with the Clintons for an elaborate and quite illegal money laundering scheme.
As the New York Times article explains, several years ago Giustra and others worked together to found, explore, and make profitable a major uranium mining company with properties in Wyoming. Those mines were eventually sold off to a Russian investment group which eventually gave the Russians ownership of approximately 20% of all uranium production in the United States.
Now add to this story that Giustra and his colleagues had been major donors to the charitable enterprises such as Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Clinton Foundation. This is where the deal begins to get messy for the
Clintons, because with uranium identified by the U.S. Government as a Strategic Asset, one of the Federal agencies that had to approve the deal was the State Department. That approval went through smoothly, under the direction of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The obvious conflict of interest there is bad enough. But things also became worse when, as the New York Times articles suggests, the Clintons helped family friend and Clinton Foundation donor Giustra also cut a deal on the same Russian-connected team’s uranium-mining interests in Kazakhstan secure “a flow of cash” back to the Clinton Foundation. The article further alleges that these monies went on top of what were also other undisclosed donations from Giustra and his colleagues to the Foundation, with those donations alone running from a minimum of around $2 million to potentially tens of millions of dollars, according to Huguenard.
As to the proof that backs that up, the financial trails themselves may be difficult to track but not completely. There is also the high likelihood that some of those home server emails that Hillary Clinton and her now legally immunized aide Bryan Pagliano, who worked on the private server, managed will show even more of this story. Which may be, when the full truth comes out, why the FBI was so adamant about restoring as many of the emails Clinton and her team deleted before turning the data over to the FBI for review. Most of those deleted emails, according to parallel reports, have now been restored and are going through review.
According to Huguenard article about the situation, James Comey, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), is “increasingly convinced” that Hillary Clinton did break the law just by having her own private State Department email setup at home. The situation is far worse than that for the Clintons, however, as “career agents” at the FBI are said to have disclosed that Director Comey will soon be recommending to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that criminal racketeering charges be filed against the Clintons. The grounds: that the Clinton Foundation is an “ongoing criminal enterprise” involved in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for various favors, including the authorization of the sale of the Canadian-owned Wyoming uranium mines to Russian investors. There have even been statements that the Hillary Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee may be implicated in the conspiracy as well.
Whether the recommendation will ever turn into real criminal charges from the Justice Department is, however, itself almost as fuzzy as the financial trail of bribes from Giustra and others to the Clinton Foundation. Because Loretta Lynch is not just an appointee of the current Democratic-run Obama administration. She also earlier served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1999-2001 under the Federal leadership of then-president Bill Clinton, and remains a close personal friend of both Bill and Hillary.
That last part is behind why such a firestorm emerged when, during the last week of June, a conversation between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Lynch in a private plane formed such a controversy. Both claimed they just discussed family issues but it is that personal bond which makes it most difficult for many to believe the Attorney General will crack down on the Clintons. Even if the evidence that does emerge is highly damaging. And even if she claims she will do whatever her ranking officers recommend in the case.
In the meantime, Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange says he will be leaking materials soon that should lead to Hillary Clinton’s being indicted. The FBI also talked with Secretary Clinton for a number of hours on July 2, and what they may have discussed or learned there remains sealed for the time being.
The Clintons have a long history of being under serious criminal investigations but have always managed to evade justice. Perhaps this time justice will prevail and this particular minion of sinister forces won’t make it back into the White House.
1) “Hillary Clinton to be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges,” published May 29, 2016, by Frank Huguenard for The Huffington Post. At this writing, a copy is available at: http://archive.is/berj6#selection-1141.0-1141.62
2) “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal”, by Jo Becker and Mike Mcintire, April 23, 2015, in The New York Times.