(TeaParty.org) – Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit to obtain information pertaining to any investigating the FBI has done into the allegation that donations given to the Clinton Foundation were returned with favors by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The suit comes after the government opted to not comply with a Judicial Watch FOIA request filed last May,
They’re after any communication between officials in the BI chief, deputy director, or general counsel office and attorney general staffers such as emails, text messages, chats, etc. “regarding the closure or possible closure of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.”
In 2015, Judicial Watch notes, they filed a similar suit that they explain “led directly to the disclosure of the illicit Clinton email system.”
They certainly have managed to uncover some serious muck at the Clinton Foundation in the past.
In 2016, for instance, a similar lawsuit brought to the public eye documents exposing that in 2009, Doug Band, a top Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative official who also co-founded Teneo Strategy with Bill Clinton, secured a job for one of his associates.
Another email obtained by the 2016 suit urged Abedin to connect Gilbert Chagoury, the Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor with the “substance person” for the State Department in Lebanon, with Band mentioning that Chagoury was “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us.”
Abedin was instructed to call Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman and make sure he was put in touch with Chagoury, Judicial Watch reported.
In the time since this suit, Judicial Watch says more evidence of possible pay-for-play transactions has been discovered.
The FBI began an investigation into the “charitable” foundation in January of 2016, but were told in October that there was not substantial evidence.
However, a DOJ inspector general report released this year described evidence that points to the Obama DOJ seeking to put an end to the FBI’s investigation into the foundation.
According to that report: “McCabe [fired former deputy director of the FBI] told the OIG that on August 12, 2016, he received a telephone call from PADAG [Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, likely Matthew Axelrod] regarding the FBI’s handling of the CF [Clinton Foundation] Investigation (the ‘PADAG call’). McCabe said that PADAG expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the CF Investigation during the presidential campaign. According to McCabe, he pushed back, asking ‘are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?’ McCabe told us that the conversation was ‘very dramatic’ and he never had a similar confrontation like the PADAG call with a high-level Department official in his entire FBI career.”
As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte revealed this year, files that had just been released “remind us how the Obama Justice Department sought to shut down the Clinton Foundation investigation during the 2016 presidential election.”