The Clintons thought they were off the hook.
In a meeting with reporters and editors from the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump indicated he was personally against prosecuting the Clintons.
But did that really mean he was reneging on his promise to investigate the Clinton’s shady dealings?
Not so fast.
First of all, in the meeting, President-elect Trump said he was not taking the investigation of the Clinton’s off the table.
Trump says “no” when asked if he is taking investigations off the table for Clintons but adds he doesn’t want to “hurt the Clintons.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
And, new reports are surfacing that the Trump administration may encourage foreign governments to investigate the Clinton Foundation.
The New York Post reports:
“Foreign governments will be encouraged to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s finances, as many are already turning off money spigots to the scandal-scarred group, The Post has learned.
A source close to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team told The Post that the new administration plans to pressure the US ambassadors it will name to bring up the foundation with foreign governments — and suggest they probe its financial dealings.
Trump said last week that he would not order an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server or her role in the foundation.
But Trump’s statement didn’t preclude the backroom moves to investigate the group.”
There are many examples of shady dealings by the Clinton Foundation in foreign countries.
And the nations that were scammed by the Foundation may have an avenue to hold the Clinton’s accountable.
The Post cites Haiti and Columbia as two examples of the worst sort of pay-to-play dealings the Foundation engaged in:
“Haiti and Colombia will be key diplomatic posts for this because of all the money involved,” said the source.
In Haiti, recently leaked e-mails indicate “Friends of Bill” Clinton may have been given priority from the State Department as it prepared to spend some
$10 billion in aid after a devastating earthquake hit the country in 2010. The State Department has denied any special treatment.
In Colombia, Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra pledged $100 million to the foundation in 2005 and later benefited from the foundation’s philanthropic work in the country, where he acquired large parcels of land and set up an oil business, according to watchdog groups.”
The Clintons are nowhere near out of the woods yet.
President-elect Trump’s declaration was that only he, himself, was personally against any further investigations – the President does not have the power to tell the FBI what they can and can’t investigate – but now foreign governments may get into the act of digging into the Clinton Foundation’s conduct.