In just a few short weeks, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown will begin serving a five-year prison sentence for participating in an $800,000 charity fraud. But her conviction and sentencing will no doubt raise questions about why she is behind bars, but Hillary Clinton and, to another extent her philandering husband and ex-president, Bill Clinton, remain free.
As Lifezette has reported, that question and the fact that Clinton has yet to be charged for so very obviously (and carelessly) mishandling classified information during her tenure as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State has raised substantial, well-deserved doubts about the unequal application of justice in America. Those with less or no political influence seem to be dealt with much more harshly than those who are considered powerful.
Brown, an African-American Democrat who long represented the Jacksonville, Fla., district, was convicted last year in a case that, in terms of dollars involved, was paltry compared to the Clinton Foundation. Begun in 1997 as the former president’s library project, it morphed into a $2 billion cash cow for the former first family, in what one nonprofit expert has called “the biggest charity fraud ever.”
That expert, Charles Ortel, told Lifezette on Sunday that he believes fired FBI Director James “Comey will rat out Hillary and the Clintons faster than [Olympic runner] Usain Bolt runs the 100-meter dash.”
Further, he predicted, “Both Clintons will be convicted, bigly,” this year. (Related: PROOF that Hillary Clinton got special treatment by the FBI, which exonerated her even though she committed serious crimes.)
Ortel, a New York investment banker who became a non-profit fraud investigator, first gained national prominence in 2007 when he exposed fraudulent accounting practices at General Electric and a number of other large corporations. He also became known for warning of the then-approaching financial crisis that became known as the Great Recession of 2008.
Since 2015 Ortel has documented extensively cases involving what he sees as the Clinton Foundation’s multiple violations of laws and rules governing charities. They include, significantly, examples of the foundation operating international medical and disaster relief programs in violation of its tax-exempt status granted by the IRS.
Lifezette noted further:
He also believes former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, especially during her tenure as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, used the family foundation as a vehicle for selling their influence and becoming wealthy in the process, thanks in great part to the lack of politically independent regulation of charities soliciting funds and operating programs in multiple countries around the globe.
In his interview, Ortel said, “the sad truth is that international charities are perfect vehicles for influence-peddling, and for financial mischief, especially when they are overseen by conflicted directors/trustees, and ‘audited’ by under-resourced professional firms.”
As expected, various spokespeople for the Clinton Foundation have regularly denied that the charity has engaged in any wrongdoing. And to be sure, no charges have ever been filed against either Clinton or the foundation. That said, Ortel believes the foundation’s obvious illegal fundraising activities and operations may prove to be the house of cards that finally collapses around the former first family.
For example, he notes that the French government has been conducting a major investigation for months, while a similar probe is beginning to take shape in Sweden. The foundation received millions in donations from both governments and from private entities in both countries.
But there have been previous investigations by the Department of Justice — however, without any charges. The first was overseen by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller (sound familiar?) during George W. Bush’s administration; his then-deputy was none other than Comey.
There is supposedly a second investigation underway that began in March 2016, but so far no charges have been filed.
And the Clinton email scandal made news again last week, as legal watchdog group Judicial Watch announced that a handful of additional classified emails had been found on the laptop of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Hillary aide Huma Abedin.
“The fact that classified information has been found from Clinton and Abedin on Weiner’s laptop shows the urgent need for a criminal investigation by the Justice Department,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.