TRANSPARENCY ORGANIZATION CITES “PAY-TO-PLAY POLITICS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 13, 2018) — A press release received Thursday morning from Carter Clews, communications director for the open-government organization Judicial Watch, reports that JW President Tom Fitton will be testifying to a subcommittee of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST.
The Subcommittee on Government Operations announced the hearing, which was rescheduled from December 5 due to the death of former President George H.W. Bush, on November 21.
Through a number of FOIA lawsuits, Fitton’s organization has been investigating allegations that Hillary Clinton engaged in a “pay-to-play” scheme connected to the Clinton Foundation while she served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State between 2009 and early 2013.
On Tuesday night, investigative journalist Sara A. Carter reported on “Hannity” that the Clinton Foundation is under investigation and that there are “lots of unsealed indictments” allegedly associated with that probe and others. Hannity affirmed that his sources have indicated forward movement on such an investigation.
The JW press release reads, in majority part:
You may recall that in August 2016, a related Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit broke open the Clinton Foundation pay to play and has since uncovered many other instances of seeming pay-to-play and favoritism for the Clinton Foundation at the Clinton State Department. Judicial Watch’s ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play politics that involves multiple FOIA lawsuits seeking government documents from Hillary Clinton’s illicit email system, as well as records related to the intersection of the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Judicial Watch recently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications involving any investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) into the Clinton Foundation.
On December 6 a federal judge opened further discovery in the Judicial Watch lawsuit that led to the first public disclosure of the Clinton email scandal.
Live-streaming of Fitton’s testimony can be accessed here.
As this article went to press, Fitton tweeted about his upcoming appearance on Capitol Hill.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.