Within days of FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend indictment of Hillary Clinton in the e-mail scandal, Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn began circulating a letter among her House colleagues to generate support for an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. As of Wednesday more than 40 members had signed onto the letter. It is to be sent to Comey on Friday, with copies to the heads of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission.
In her letter she claims that the foundation has far exceeded its original intentions, which were to “construct a library, maintain a historical site with records, and engage in study and research.” Over time the foundation has morphed into a “lawless, Pay-to-Play enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years … [exhibiting] a pattern of dealing that personally enriched the Clintons at the expense of American foreign policy.”
Her beef centered around two of the more egregious examples of how the Clintons profited by selling their influence internationally in exchange for contributions to their foundation: the International Youth Foundation, and Uranium One.
During her stint as secretary of state under President Obama from 2009 to 2013, USAID (the U.S. Agency for International Development) made grants of more than $55 million to the International Youth Fund (IYF). The IYF supports expanding educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people around the world.
On its board sits one Douglas Becker, owner of Laureate International Universities, a for-profit educational organization that was perfectly placed to benefit from USAID’s largesse of taxpayer monies. During Hillary’s administration Becker returned the favor by making gifts of between $1 million and $5 million directly to the Clinton Foundation. In addition, in 2010, Becker named Bill Clinton as “honorary chancellor” of his company, paying him more than $16 million for the privilege.