The FBI Was Basing A Potential Clinton Foundation Case On This Garbage Right-Wing Book

Media Matters
Matt Gertz
November 2, 2016

The FBI was reportedly trying to build an investigation into the Clinton Foundation around claims made in a right-wing book riddled with errors written by a Republican activist with a history of bogus reporting. The author’s organization is headed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign chief executive and is funded by one of Trump’s top campaign supporters.
The FBI in August was considering whether to expand investigations into both Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s “secretive business dealings in Ukraine” and Democratic presidential nominee “Hillary Clinton’s relationships with donors to her family foundation,” but, following longstanding precedent, decided not to proceed for fear of impacting the election, according to The New York Times. The paper further reported that the Clinton Foundation inquiry “had not developed much evidence and was based mostly on information that had surfaced in news stories and the book ‘Clinton Cash,’ according to several law enforcement officials briefed on the case.”
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments And Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich is a 2015 book authored by Peter Schweizer, a Republican activist and consultant who has worked for Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Breitbart News.
Schweizer has a disreputable history of reporting marked by errors and retractions, with numerous reporters excoriating him for facts that "do not check out," sources that "do not exist," and a basic failure to practice "Journalism 101." Clinton Cash is similarly a trainwreck of bogus research that included more than 20 errors, fabrications, and distortions, according to a Media Matters review. On the campaign trail, Trump has pushed conspiracy theories from the book, leading reporters to note that the book has been “discredited” and features “lies” and claims that “fell apart under scrutiny.”
Schweizer is also the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a right-wing group that purports to investigate “government corruption.” Stephen Bannon, who is taking a leave of absence from his role as chief executive of Breitbart News to serve the same role with the Trump campaign, is also the executive chairman and co-founder of GAI. The group has been heavily funded by the Mercer Family Foundation, which is run by Rebekah Mercer.
Mercer’s father, the hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, is one of the nation’s largest Republican donors and a major investor in Breitbart News, and the father and daughter were reportedly key to Bannon’s ascension to a leading role in the Trump campaign. Robert Mercer has also donated millions to a pro-Trump super PAC that Rebekah Mercer controls.
UPDATE: Schweizer disclosed during an August Fox News appearance that "earlier this year at [the FBI's] request," he had met with "two people from the bureau to talk about some things related to the Clinton Foundation, specifically things that were in Clinton Cash." From the August 24 edition of The O'Reilly Factor:

NOTE: I for one have absolutely no idea how it is that the FBI gathers facts and information about potential cases that come to their attention.  On the other hand, if it's about Hillary Clinton (or in this case, the Clinton Foundation) they don't have to drag out some book to build a case.  All they have to do is listen to Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones or read at The Drudge Report or any other of a slew of right wing slander blogs.  The could have saved the expense (taxpayers money) of purchasing "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich."    There is an entire universe of of unsupported allegations, propaganda and fake news that would have been far easier and quicker than ordering this slime piece from Amazon or trotting out to Borders Books.  (BTW there is a Border's not a block from the FBI Headquarters down in E Street in Downtown D.C. so maybe it was a quicker deal.) 
So I'm wondering where it is they got the non-info about the Anthony Weiner/Huma Abedin Somehow Connected to Hillary Clinton's server case that FBI Director James Comey alerted Congress about last Friday?  Actually, ex-Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann would be a great source since while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives she developed an entire conspiracy theory - several actually - about how Abedin's family were terrorists and Abedin herself was the secret head of a secret Islamist Terrorist Organization centered at the very heart of the U.S. Department of State.  
Me?  The FBI can just go to hell as far as I'm concerned.  Comey has destroyed whatever credibility this agency might have had after years of recovering from the very real crimes of J. Edgar Hoover.

Take Care Folks.  Be wary of FBI Agents rifling through your garbage cans or monitoring your every keystroke.  It's a brand new day in alt.right world. You know, the place we used to call the United States of America.  

So is the FBI investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation?  


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