The FBI is acting mysteriously yet again. The FBI has just released the 129 files from their investigation into the Marc Rich pardon by Bill Clinton. The media is accusing FBI Director Comey of trying to throw the election.
William J. Clinton Foundation: This initial release consists of material from the FBI’s files related to the Will… https://t.co/Y4nz3aRSmG
— FBI Records Vault (@FBIRecordsVault) November 1, 2016
President Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the FBI did not consult the White House about its unexpected decision to release the investigation into President Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, the husband of a wealthy Democratic donor. In fact, Josh Earnest said he did not see the tweet when it went up and he couldn’t find anyone in the White House who was consulted about the decision.
Key Points FBI Marc Rich doc: 1980 Iran hostages, Eric Holder, DNC contributions, Clinton Foundation, corruption squad on Pardons 00-05′ pic.twitter.com/g5SFh0TLcY
— ___________ (@vidalexperience) November 1, 2016
On Jan. 20, 2001, his last day in office, Bill Clinton issued a pardon for international fugitive Marc Rich. It was universally condemned by the New York Times, the New Republic and even Barney Frank.
Marc Rich traded illegally with America’s enemies including Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran while the Ayatollah held 53 Americans hostage in 1979.
He made about $2 billion selling oil to the apartheid regime in South Africa during a UN embargo.
He did deals with Khadafy’s Libya, Milosevic’s Yugoslavia, Kim Il Sung’s North Korea, Communist dictatorships in Cuba and the Soviet Union itself.
Rich made the FBI’s ten most wanted list.
Then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani charged Rich with 51 counts of fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and other charges in 1983. Rich fled to Switzerland where there was no extradition for tax crimes.
Clinton’s clemency looked like a payoff. Mrs. Rich had donated $450,000 to the Clinton Library and over $1 million to Democratic campaigns.
Bill Clinton eventually admitted that the pardon had been “terrible politics.” “It wasn’t worth the damage to my reputation,” he said.
The money from those connected to Marc Rich or the pardon scandal continued to the Clintons.
Rich’s business partners, lawyers, advisers and friends have showered millions of dollars on the Clintons in the decade and a half following the scandal.
Rich died in 2013. But his business partners, lawyers, advisers and friends have showered millions of dollars on the Clintons in the decade and a half following the scandal.
Nigerian businessman Gilbert Chagoury was well known as a close ally and business associate of Rich. In 2000, Chagoury was convicted in Geneva of money laundering and aiding a criminal organization in connection with the billions of dollars stolen from Nigeria during the reign of dictator Gen. Sani Abacha.
As part of a plea deal, the conviction was later expunged. Chagoury has been very generous to the Clintons in the years following the Rich pardon. He has organized an event at which Bill was paid $100,000 to speak (in 2003), donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and in 2009 pledged a cool $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. The Chagourys were also active in Hillary’s 2008 presidential bid with money and other assistance.
Bill has lavished praised on Chagoury over the years. In 2005, Bill was the keynote speaker when Chagoury received the “Pride of Heritage Award” from the Lebanese community.
In 2009, CGI gave Chagoury’s company an award for sustainable development. In 2013, Bill showed up in Nigeria for a public ceremony involving one of Chagoury’s projects. When Bill Clinton had his 60th birthday party, Chagoury was an invited guest. Chagoury also attended the wedding of Bill’s longtime aide, Doug Band.
There were many other similar cases.
We now know that the Clinton Foundation has failed to disclose more than 1,000 donors, despite its written agreement with the Obama transition team that it would maintain complete transparency.
Many of those donations came through a Clinton Foundation project in Canada, which is heavily laden with donations from the natural resources and commodities industries
It cannot be mere coincidence that in the years of fundraising for the Clinton Foundation, one of the industries that has emerged as a big backer of the Clintons is the mining and commodities industry, where Marc Rich made his fortune.
Mrs. Rich gave $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s senatorial campaign when she ran against Rudy Giuliani who tried to convict her husband.He later pulled out of the race after a diagnosis of cancer. Rick Lazio stepped in and she defeated him November 7, 2000. On December 11, 200, Bill Clinton receives the petition to pardon Denise Rich’s ex-husband, fugitive Marc Rich. January 3, 2001, Hillary is sworn in as a New York senator and on January 20, 2001, hours before leaving office, Bill Clinton pardons Marc Rich.
The FBI suspected pay-to-play but never followed up. This is from the FBI docs.