It only took 19 years, but finally, the IRS is launching an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The Daily Caller broke the news:
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen referred congressional charges of corrupt Clinton Foundation “pay-to-play” activities to his tax agency’s exempt operations office for investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
The request to investigate the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on charges of “public corruption” was made in a July 15 letter by 64 House Republicans to the IRS, FBI and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They charged the foundation is “lawless.”
My question is, “What took the IRS so long?”
Here is why asking that question is so frustrating.
Within the IRS/Clinton Foundation investigation there is a true hero named Charles Ortel. Charles contacted me after I wrote my first piece in September 2015 on National Review about the Clinton Foundation/IRS shenanigans.
After that, Ortel often tutored me about the vast global corruption that is the Clinton Foundation. He has been a source for all my articles listed at the end of this piece.
Today, in response to the news about the IRS investigation, Ortel sent me a one-word email that read, “BINGO.”
In a RedState piece back on September 25, I equated Charles Ortel with Henry Markopolos, who was the unsung hero of the Bernie Madoff case. For ten years Markopolos kept banging on the door of the Securities and Exchange Commission trying to get their attention about Madoff’s extensive fraud. Finally, in December of 2008 it all came crashing down, and at this moment, Madoff is sitting in a federal penitentiary.
Now with the IRS investigation news, Charles Ortel deserves credit on par with Markopolos. For the last 18 months, Ortel has been examining every nook and cranny of the massive Clinton Foundation fraud — state by state, country by country. What Ortel uncovered is evidence that the Foundation and its associated organizations have woven a web of corruption that grew on a grand scale since the Foundation’s inception in 1997.
The numerous Clinton Foundation reports found on Ortel’s website is evidence that the IRS needs to convict the Clintons of running an illegal slush fund for the enrichment of themselves and their cronies. If you Google “Charles Ortel” with “Clinton Foundation” there are 28,000 references. Ortel’s name and quotes are found in virtually every news story about Clinton Foundation fraud including the aforementioned Daily Caller piece.
Today, I asked Ortel his thoughts on the IRS investigation. In an email he responded:
The next shoe to drop is email traffic dealing with attempts by Clinton allies and the Obama Administration to cover up and reorganize international illegal activities carried out by the Clinton Foundation. These illegal activities began after July 2002, they were massive, they were never controlled properly, and donors likely were defrauded.
Because no legally compliant audits ever were performed, no outsider knows how much money has been plundered since 1997. The correct range starts in the hundreds of millions of dollars and certainly, counting Haiti and affiliated charities, could run well into billions.
The Clintons are using their government connections disgracefully and sullying the exceptional charitable sector that can play such vital roles inside and outside America.
Surely, the question going forward is, “Are the Clintons too big to jail?” (See Comey, James, FBI Director for a hint.)
For the record, here is my archive of Clinton Foundation scandal columns starting with the oldest.
New Questions for Hillary about the IRS National Review, 9/11/15
Is the IRS in Collusion With The Clinton Foundation? RedState, 9/25/15
November 16 is IRS D-day For Clinton Foundation Charity Fraud RedState 11/5/15
Will Clinton Foundation accounting Fraud implicate a major accounting firm? Washington Examiner 11/10/15
Five Reasons Why the Clinton Foundation will be a 2016 Campaign Issue RedState 11/23/15
Clinton Cash Is the Movie Every Voter Should See before Election Day National Review 5/26/16
Finally, yesterday I wrote what turned out to be a well-timed piece headlined, Media challenge: Ask Bill Clinton These 5 Questions on BizPacReview. My first question was:
If Hillary wins, what are your plans for the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative? Would you cease operations? If you keep them going, please provide details concerning potential conflicts of interest in the following areas: international and domestic fundraising, gala events, grants, and programs.
With the launching of this long overdue IRS investigation, the Clinton’s answer to that question should be front and center in the fall campaign.
Let’s hope that the IRS is not as corrupt as it appears to be.
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Myra Adams is a producer & political writer. She was on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team and 2008 McCain campaign Ad Council.
Writing credits include National Review, World Net Daily, Washington Examiner, PJ Media, Daily Beast, Daily Caller, BizPacReview and Liberty Unyielding.