(National Sentinel) Australian Connection: The FBI has launched another probe into possible Clinton Foundation malfeasance using evidence given to the bureau by a former Australian police officer-turned-investigative journalist.
As reported by Lifezette, former police detective Michael Smith was asked to provide the FBI with details regarding numerous allegations of mishandling millions of dollars that were contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Australian government.
“I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Michael Smith told LifeZette.
The news site noted further:
At the center of Smith’s complaints are former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and multiple Australian government officials, including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, that government’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Downer hit U.S. headlines recently when he was reported to have told the FBI of a May 2016 conversation he had with George Papadopoulos, then a campaign aide to President Donald Trump. Downer told U.S. law enforcement officials that Papadopoulos told him Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times claimed in a Dec. 30, 2017, story that the information Downer gave the FBI was a principal factor in the bureau’s decision to investigate allegations of collusion between Russian government interests and the Trump campaign.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year.
As The National Sentinel noted, the Times story was criticized by a number of other media outlets who say that the infamous “Trump dossier,” not a minor campaign figure, was what the FBI used to launch its investigation. A number of Republican lawmakers agree with that conclusion, citing evidence congressional panels have amassed in their investigations of the alleged collusion.
In any event, as Lifezette reported further:
The materials Smith is giving the FBI focus on a 2006 memorandum of understanding between the Australian government and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton HIV/AIDs Initiative (CHAI). Smith claims the foundation received a “$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception” as a result of actions by Bill Clinton and Downer, who was then Australia’s minister of foreign affairs.
In addition, Smith is providing evidence he believes shows “corrupt October 2006 backdating of false tender advertisements purporting to advertise the availability of a $15 million contract to provide HIV/AIDS services in Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Australian government after an agreement was already in place to pay the Clinton Foundation and/or associates.”
Smith describes a third complaint as “the $10 million financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception between April 1, 2008, and Sept. 25, 2008, at Washington, D.C., New York, New York, and Canberra Australia involving an MOU between the Australian government, the “Clinton Climate Initiative,” and the purported “Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute Inc.”
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