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The FBI Based an Investigation on a Ring Wing Crank Book

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Remember Clinton Cash? The book released by Peter Schweizer just as the primary season was heating up in 2015 was summarily debunked and dismissed just after it was published, but someone at the FBI apparently took it seriously.

The FBI reportedly started a currently defunct investigation of the Clinton Foundation after reading Schweizer's fan fiction.

via Media Matters

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.”

The inquiry probably had not developed much evidence because Schweizer's book was a fabrication.

Clinton Cash was savaged after it was released (including here on this blog) because, among other reasons, it included quotes and sources that don't actually exist.

I've never said this before, but I'm really looking forward to the Senate committee hearings on the FBI's incompetence and rogue decision making process if Democrats retake the Senate.

  • Badgerite

    Amen to that. This kind of abuse of power is very GOP, (Nixon would be proud) and it has to stop.

  • muselet

    Imagine if those special agents had read “The Queen of Hearts”:

    The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
    All on a summer’s day;
    The knave of Hearts, he stole the tarts,
    And took them clean away.

    The King of Hearts
    Called for the tarts,
    And beat the Knave full sore;
    The Knave of Hearts
    Brought back the tarts,
    And vowed he’d steal no more.

    We’d have seen a 50-state manhunt for the Knave of Hearts.

    Instead, we have the spectacle of an out-of-control FBI running an investigation based on Peter Schweizer’s tall tales and fever dreams.

    I genuinely can’t decide which scenario would be more embarrassing.


    • Aynwrong

      It would probably depend on whether or not the Knave of Hearts had ever donated to the Clinton Foundation.

  • Aynwrong

    This is simply pathetic. Professional attorneys and investigators were considering a book that was only ever taken seriously on the wing nut talk radio circuit. If these “professionals” aren’t capable of discerning between partisan, fever dream conspiracy mongering and serious investigative journalism then they are unfit to be employed by the premier law enforcement agency of the world.

    • muselet

      It’s my understanding there’s a bitter joke in law enforcement: FBI stands for Famous But Incompetent.

      Current events aren’t making that joke any less appropriate.