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Political Editors / December 10, 2018

Mueller, Comey, and the Clinton Foundation

No collusion evidence, but it’s not all good news for Trump. And the Clinton Foundation is coming under scrutiny.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released court filings on Friday against three of President Donald Trump’s former associates — Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen. Once again there was no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia, the ever-popular narrative justifying the creation of the special counsel. The news prompted Trump to declare, “Totally clears the President. Thank you!” But it’s not all roses for Trump, as it now appears Mueller may be putting together a case against Trump for violating campaign-finance laws. That’s problematic for Trump, but it would be a tough issue for Democrats to use as a case for impeachment.

Meanwhile, the one who initiated the whole collusion investigation, former FBI Director James Comey, testified before the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees on Friday. Comey imitated Hillary Clinton in having serious issues with selective memory, and he again defended her, patently dismissing any suggestion that her illegal email practices merited prosecution.

“[Comey’s] memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview,” one lawmaker noted. “It was like he suddenly developed dementia or Alzheimer’s, after conveniently remembering enough facts to sell his book,” quipped another congressman. Interestingly, Comey was able to remember and admit that the infamous Christopher Steele dossier was never verified before or after it was used to get a FISA warrant to surveil Trump’s campaign.

Regarding Clinton, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) asked Comey, “Is there any need to further investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails based upon the decision that you made not to prosecute?” Comey replied, “Not that I can possibly see.” Jackson Lee further asked if Comey considered the case closed, to which he responded, “Yes. There’s no serious person who thinks there’s a prosecutable case there.”

Was Comey’s answer a jab aimed at U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth, who just the day before allowed for an additional investigation into whether Clinton’s use of a private email server was a deliberate attempt to bypass the Freedom of Information Act? It appears that Comey’s dismissive comment was intended to discredit the idea that his investigation into Clinton’s emails was anything but thorough, complete, and aboveboard.

And speaking of Clinton’s emails, the investigation into the real collusion may just be heating up. Three whistleblowers have come forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation. Sources say there is evidence pointing to the Clinton Foundation’s misappropriating funds and engagement in pay-to-play promises with donors during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. As we’ve said all along, those shenanigans explain why Clinton was so keen on setting up her private email server in the first place.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, announced that the committee would hold an investigative hearing into the issue this week. We hope more light will finally be shined on this long-brewing scandal.

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