US House Panel Investigates 'Foreign' Donations To Clinton Foundation
Clinton received donations from foreign powers who wanted favors in return
Witnesses have been grilled by members of a US House oversight committee over the probability that the Clinton Foundation had received donations from foreign powers who wanted favors in return.
The shady donation tactic, otherwise known as "pay-to-play," allows donations as a means for preferential treatment for outside influencers.
House committee member Congressman Mark Meadows confirmed the panel had received hundreds of pages of documents which revealed that Clinton Foundation donors were likely to have been 'assured benefits' while Hillary Clinton was serving as US secretary of state from 2009-2013.
"When you have these foreign governments making massive donations to the foundation… I think it is a fair question to ask what were they [donors] expecting in return," Tom Fitton; Judicial Watch President informed the House committee on Thursday.
Fitton's watchdog group, who orchestrated the persuading of the State Department to release numbers of Clinton’s emails relating to the private server scandal, believes there is proof that shows the Clinton Foundation may have protected by the Justice Department.
During the hearing, Meadows said the Clinton Foundation donations plummeted following Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential race, suggesting that "pay to play" exercises were happening prior to the election.
Highlighting the plunge in funds from donors, Mr. Meadows said last week:
"The remarkable significance of the drop in Clinton foundation donations raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe."
"Whenever we look at the possibility of 'pay to play' by government officials, current or former, it demands answers--and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their financial benefit must be held accountable."
The Clinton Foundation recently denied the accusations of a pay-for-play scheme, saying the fall in donations was due to the shutting down of the Clinton Global Initiative.
In 2016, a Forbes article revealed that since Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House in 2001, they managed to earn more than $240 million in the following 15 years, according to an analysis of their tax returns.
US Attorney John Huber, who is appointed to probe the Clinton Foundation, failed to show up tot he hearing in the chagrin of Meadows.
When Clinton was acting as a top US diplomat, she may have assisted foreign states who donated to the foundation to acquire multimillion-dollar arms contracts, according to the International Business Times.
Judicial Watch published 725 pages of documents indicating the Clinton Foundation staff peddled access to Secretary Clinton.
According to State Department telephone records, an excessive number of incoming calls from Clinton Foundation staff.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said there was "no impropriety" regarding the calls and Clinton’s close links to the foundation and its donors.