By Jeff Crouere
While Hillary Clinton has been in Europe promoting her new book, What Happened, the heavily fortified wall of protection around her is crumbling.
Late Wednesday night, the Justice Department finally lifted a gag order that prevented a FBI informant from testifying to Congress about Russian attempts to offer bribes, kickbacks, and other incentives to secure approval for the highly controversial Uranium One deal. This arrangement gave a Russian company ownership of the uranium mining company, with access to 20% of our country’s total supply. Of course, enriched uranium is an essential element than can be used for both nuclear power and nuclear weaponry.
The transaction was approved in 2010 while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Her office, along with other Obama government officials, signed off on the agreement, even though many experts viewed it as detrimental to our national security.
This undercover eyewitness reportedly has evidence on how the Russians schemed to bribe the Clintons and others in the Obama administration. Seemingly, the efforts were quite successful as former President Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Moscow bank and Russian insiders promoting the deal contributed approximately $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.
The potentially damaging testimony could lead to formal criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. Fox News Legal Analyst Greg Jarrett said that Clinton could be charged with “racketeering for using her charity as a criminal enterprise.” Not surprisingly, Clinton maintained that all of the accusations are “baloney.” In an interview this week, Clinton claimed that all of the Uranium One bribery charges had been “debunked.” It will be interesting to see if she has the same response after this witness testifies before congressional committees.
Clearly, Hillary Clinton is a master politician who can easily lie. In her recent interviews, she has not expressed concern about the investigation into her activities, but is supposedly worried about the in-fighting in the Republican Party. Clinton also has continued to demonize President Trump at every possible opportunity, but what has happened this week must make her at least somewhat concerned.
Undoubtedly, Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a privileged life as a First Lady, U.S. Senator, two-time presidential candidate and Secretary of State. Throughout her lengthy career, she has been shielded from prosecution despite involvement in an array of questionable activities and scandals such as the Whitewater land deal, the Rose Law Firm billing practices, “Travelgate,” and serving as the captain of her husband’s “Bimbo Eruption” attack squad, which maligned the reputation of the women who came forward to make sexual assault accusations against her husband. In fact, Hillary always discounted those women and blamed the accusations on a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
As Secretary of State, her bungling of the diplomatic security needs at the Benghazi compound surely was a contributing factor in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. She lied to the families about what caused the attack, claiming an Internet video was to blame and then infamously yelled at a congressional hearing “what difference does it make” what caused the Benghazi raid.
When Hillary Clinton has not enjoyed the protective cover of a Democratic Congress and a Democratic Attorney General, she has been shielded by the likes of former FBI Director James Comey, who ludicrously protected her from prosecution in the so-called investigation of her handling of top secret email communications.
Until now, Hillary Clinton has been very fortunate to avoid prosecution. Any other politician would have faced criminal charges for exposing national secrets to our enemies by using an unsecured private email server.
Unfortunately, for Hillary, her fortunes may be changing. This week it was also revealed that her campaign and the DNC paid for the phony Trump dossier alleging the President’s so-called collusion with Russia. Not one word of the dossier has been proven, but it was publicized by the media, given to the FBI and could have led to Trump campaign officials being surveilled and “unmasked,” and set the stage for the Robert Muller’s partisan witch hunt, otherwise known as the Special Counsel investigation.
In media interviews, Clinton attorneys lied about the dossier payments, pretending to have no idea about the dirt that was being manufactured on Donald Trump. To make matters worse for Clinton, a complaint was filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) alleging that her campaign violated campaign finance laws.
A non-partisan watchdog group, the Campaign Legal Center, asked the FEC to investigate the campaign’s unreported payments to Fusion GPS, the firm that paid for the unsubstantiated dossier. According to Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center, “Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide.” Of course, for almost a year, the Clinton campaign has stonewalled on this issue and provided nothing but lies instead of transparency.
In truth, this kind of political mudslinging and dirty tricks is Hillary Clinton’s specialty. For her entire career, she has not suffered any negative ramifications for engaging in this type of questionable behavior. Finally, her luck may be running out.
Jeff Crouere is the Host of “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. He is the Political Analyst for WGNO-TV ABC26 and a Columnist for selected publications. For more information, visit his web site at RingsidePolitics.com. E-mail him at email@example.com.
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