By now, any American who is plugged in to any type of news or media source has heard that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is once again under investigation by the FBI. But you may be surprised at how many other investigations are ongoing and directly related to Clinton.
The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that there are no less than five active investigations into Clinton and those close to her. At least one of these investigations dates back to the early days of Bill Clinton’s presidency.
The scale of the FBI’s interest in some of America’s most powerful political fixers – one of them a sitting governor – underlines just how difficult it will be for Clinton to shake off the taint of scandal if she enters the White House.
For those of us old enough to remember the first Clinton presidency, the idea of revisiting the constant scandal and immorality is daunting.
The Daily Mail says the five current FBI investigations include the following: “Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin’s estranged husband sexting a 15-year-old; the handling of classified material by Clinton and her staff on her private email server; questions over whether the Clinton Foundation was used as a front for influence-peddling; whether the Virginia governor broke the law about foreign donations; and whether Hillary’s campaign chairman’s brother did the same.”
So what heads could potentially roll with these investigations? First is Huma Abedin. Abedin swore under oath that she had in fact turned over all work related emails and devices related to the original investigation into Hillary Clinton. We now know that was false putting her at risk for a perjury charge as well as possibly mishandling government secrets. Abedin has also been the proverbial gatekeeper for Hillary Clinton. Recent WikiLeaks emails suggest that Abedin may have played a role in the pay-to-play schemes between donations to the Clinton Foundation and access to then Secretary of State Clinton.
Next is Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clintons and served Bill Clinton in a variety of roles throughout his career. He is currently under investigation for aiding in potentially illegal donations and influence including one donation to the wife of a senior FBI agent overseeing the Clinton email investigation. One line of inquiry also concerns whether McAuliffe illegally channeled campaign donations from a Chinese man, a violation of federal election laws.
Cheryl Mills, who served as Bill Clinton’s lawyer, director of the Clinton Foundation, and chief of staff for Hillary Clinton at the State Department, faces potential charges for her role in the Clinton Foundation and emails. Clinton press secretary Phillipe Reines and Justin Cooper, a close Bill Clinton confidante, are facing FBI probes into their involvement with the Clinton Foundation and emails.
John Podesta, Clinton campaign chairman, and Doug Band, a chief aide to Bill Clinton, are being investigated for their roles in the potential illegal activities of the Clinton Foundation. Podesta’s brother Tony Podesta, is being investigated for undeclared lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
The list seems to go on and on. And these are just the investigations that are happening before another potential Clinton presidency. There is also speculation that there could be more investigations that are not public since the FBI does not typically report or comment on ongoing investigations.Whew