There is a lot of mud being slung around from one side of the room to the other. And those of us caught in the middle can have a hard time seeing exactly what has been going on. So let’s take some time to look over both candidates and the investigations they’ve been under. We are not going to look at any which have not been formally investigated. We’re not going to look at outrageous things one or the other has said (at least not this time). Just formal issues which each have had to address at sometime in their life. If you want to know more about any of them, just search them. That’s the power of the web each have at our finger tips. It’s foolish not to use them. We will also include any their spouses were involved in because these are issues which may or may not in some ways reflect on them. We will provide links to the documents relevant to the scandal and/or links to where the information was obtained. In other words, do your own investigating, don’t take everything written here as the whole truth.
Well, last time Mr. Trump was first up, so let’s start with Mrs.Clinton. (Read Investigating the Donald)
- 1992 Tax Returns: The Clinton’s acknowledged claiming improper deduction for Whitewater Development Company interest payments. But they were not obligated to pay anything back because of the elapsed time frame. They did pay $4,900 back which included interest on their original error.
- 1993 Travel Office Controversy: In 1993, seven White House Travel Office employees were fired. Some of these employees had been there since the 60s and 70s. Allegations were made against the motive for the firing. the White House said they were fired because of financial improprieties revealed by an FBI Investigation.In 1995, Hillary Clinton denied having a role in the firings in deposition under oath. .In 1996, a memo surfaced stating, “Foster regularly informed me that the First Lady was concerned and desired action. The action desired was the firing of the Travel Office staff.” The memo had been written in 1993 and hadn’t surfaced until late in the investigation. President Clinton refused to turn over other documents, 1-3K additional documents were surrendered after a threat of contempt of court from the House Committee Chair.It turns out that the White House didn’t issue an FBI Background check until seven months after the firings. This then turned into another investigation due to improper access to FBI background reports.In 1998, Bill Clinton was exonerated.In 2000, the independent counsel issued a final report stating, “while some of Clinton’s statements were factually false, there was insufficient evidence that these statements were either knowingly false or that she understood that her statements led to the firings.” “Mrs. Clinton’s input into the process was significant, if not the significant factor influencing the pace of events in the Travel Office firings and the ultimate decision to fire the employees.” “the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”
- 1996 Whitewater: In the 1979, Jim McDougal and his wife, Susan, along with the Clinton’s borrowed $203,000 to purchase vacation homes in the Ozark Mountains. The development failed and Jim used Savings and Loan funds to try to cover the losses.In 1984, Jim was prosecuted for fraud. Hillary Clinton was partner in the firm, Rose Law Firm, he hired to defend him. A fund raiser held by him paid of the Clinton’s $50,000 campaign debt.David Hale, in 1993, claimed he was pressured by the Clinton’s to provide an illegal loan of $300,000 to Susan McDougal. A formal Federal trial was began in 1996.Read about the Vince Foster death in regards to documents being removed, some of which had to do with the Witerwater Development Corporation. The documents were given to the Chief of Staff of the First Lady (Hillary Clinton).Mrs. Clinton gave a press conference regarding these investigations.In 1994, a subpoena was issued to the Clintons for documents which they reported were missing. Two years later they turned up in their White House private residence.
In 1997, the investigator alleged “substantial and credible evidence,” and made a referral for impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
The final report stated, “This office determined that the evidence was insufficient to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that either President or Mrs. Clinton knowingly participated in any criminal conduct.”
David Hale pleaded guilty in regards to another case, for conspiring to defraud the Small Business Administration.
Jim McDougal was convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges on 18 counts.
Susan McDougal served prison time for four counts of conspiracy and fraud. She was also in contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions as to whether President Bill Clinton lied during his testimony. She did say later He did not lie. She received a full Presidential pardon in 2001 by President Bill Clinton.
There were 15 people indicted in total, 4 were later pardoned by Bill Clinton.
- 1996 Federal Election Campaigns: According to the official documents, The Democratic National Committee, was reckless in raising money, to the point of “unprecedented amounts of illegal foreign contributions.” These funds were used during the re-election campaign of President Clinton and he tried to distance himself from the scandal.Charles La Bella, Justice Department Campaign Finance Task Force Head wrote to Janety Reno, then Attorney General, that there was a pattern which “suggests a level of knowledge within the White House—including the President’s and First Lady’s offices—concerning the injection of foreign funds into the reelection effort.” He also wrote, “If these allegations involved anyone other than the president, vice president, senior White House or DNC and Clinton-Gore ’96 officials, an appropriate investigation would have commenced months ago without hesitation.”The finding, however, stated, “Indeed, no one has done more to erode this very distinction than the President himself, who with his staff effectively seized control of DNC operations and ran all Democratic party campaign and fundraising efforts out of the White House. During the 1996 campaign, the DNC was the alter ego of the White House.”The findings firmly state, “Having reduced the DNC into an arm of the White House, President Clinton and Vice President Gore are responsible for the actions it undertook in their names and at their direction.”The Committee stated, “In brief, while the Committee cannot determine conclusively whether the PRC government funded, directed, or encouraged certain illegal contributions made in connection with the 1996 election cycle, there is strong circumstantial evidence that the PRC was involved. ” PRC stands for People’s Republic of China.Among the recommendations are:
o ” established that the Clinton/Gore ‘96 Campaign Committee not only coordinated its activities with the Democratic National Committee in order to circumvent the contribution and expenditure limits imposed upon presidential candidates ”
o “Nonetheless, serious questions were raised, based on credible allegations, that the President and other covered officials may have violated federal law.”
Some notable people, who were close friends with the Clintons, named in the report are:
o John Huang, who became Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary. He later became Chief Fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. In 1999, in regard to a felony conspiracy charge for violating campaign finance laws, he plead guilty.
o Charlie Trie, who became a DNC Managing Trustee which was used for the highest level contributor to the Democratic Party. Interestingly enough, there are ties from Trie to Ng Lap Seng, who visited the white house 10 times a little over 2 years. However, these visits were not revealed by the White House until hours after the conclusion of the public hearings of the investigative committee. Trie was appointed to the Commission on US Pacific Trade and Investiment Policy – by executive order. The Justice Department later entered into a plea agreement with Trie. He plead guilty to violating federal election laws on two counts, one a misdemeanor and one a felony.
- 1998 Lewinsky: Then President, Bill Clinton, adamantly denied having sexual relations with a young woman. Mrs. Clinton wrote it off the “vast right-wing conspiracy” which she believed was conspiring against her husband. Later in the year, President Clinton admitted he had an “improper physical relationship,” with the young woman. The legal problem was he had given a deposition in another lawsuit denying sexual relations. With his admission of truth, he basically convicted himself of perjury. In the end, he was found in contempt of court for misleading testimony and was fined $90,000. He did not appeal the ruling due to what he referred to as financial problems.
- 2012 Benghazi: The American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith were killed. A few hours later a second attack took place one mile away and Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, CIA contractors, were killed. There were several injuries resulting from both attacks. At the time, Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State (You can read what her duties were here.) Ambassadors answer to the Secretary of State because embassies fall under the State Department’s jurisdiction, . A few bullet points of duties which would be relevant here:
- Advises the President regarding the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of foreign governments;
- Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;
- Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
In 2014 a House Select committee was formed. Their findings were released in 2016 in a 800 page report. It’s kind of hard to sum up a 800 page report in a few lines. And not all their findings were in regards to Mrs. Clinton. So we will just look at those directly related to her.
o The Secretary of State had real time access to the attacks and knew almost immediately it was a terrorist attack. [Note: On the 12th, she issued a formal statement, however, never mentioned anything in regards to ‘terrorist attack,’ or knowing anything about who was behind the attack.]
o Discussions were held in early 2011 about intervening in Libya. In early 2012, the Benghazi Embassy was informed there wouldn’t be any DS agents provided.
o Both Republican and Democratic reports found inadequate security measures in Benghazi. Which was the responsibility of the State Department.
Mrs. Clinton was questioned and she said, (Read the transcripts by Washington Post, I wasn’t able to find the any ‘official’ transcripts. If I do, I will replace this link.)
o CLINTON: Well, Congressman, I have said repeatedly that I take responsibility for my use of personal e-mail. I’ve said it was a mistake. I’ve said that it was allowed, but it was not a good choice.
o She also took responsibility for: “what happened in Benghazi. I felt a responsibility for all 70,000 people working at the State Department in USAID. I take that very seriously.” However, in regards to the requests for security, she goes on to state she, “I did not see them. I did not approve them. I did not deny them.”
- [EDIT] Clinton Foundation: Read about it here.