During the 2016 election there was a number of long-standing allegations of potential “play-to-play” deals at the Clinton Foundation. Newly released tax documentation by the Clinton Foundation detailing their donations shows a large drop in donations since the election, which seems to back up Republican claims. Today it was revealed the Clinton Foundation lost two thirds of it’s funding since Hillary Clinton lost the bid for the White House.
A new Justice Department probe is looking into issues with the Clinton Foundation. Jeff Sessions appointed U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead an investigation into issues with the Clinton Foundation. This effort is still ongoing, even though Jeff Sessions no longer works for the Trump administration. House Republicans plan to hold a hearing and have John Huber testify on his investigation.
A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation claimed they “anticipated a decline” due to the lack of sponsorship opportunities after the election. However, this seems to only confirm Republican allegations. The Clinton Foundation doesn’t explain why such opportunities would no longer exist after she lost the election. In fact, such opportunities should only increase being as Hillary Clinton lost the election, and would have more time to spend working with the Clinton Foundation. All of this seems to back up how Hillary Clinton was using her foundation for pay to play, which quickly disappeared after she lost the election. The cash flow quickly dried up when Hillary Clinton was no longer working in a government position, or had the potential of working for a government position such as President.
“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,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News today. “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 own financial benefit must be held accountable.”
President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the Clinton Foundation had “monetized their political influence through the Foundation” which means pay to play.
As expected, the Clinton Foundation, through spokespersons, denies the “pay to play” allegations.