On Tuesday, a rarely-used FBI Twitter account announced that published on its website, and available for public consumption, is 129 pages of documents pertaining to Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich.
The FBI claims that it did not release the documents out of political motivation; rather, they were simply responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
To refresh your memory, Marc Rich was the fugitive Democrat donor wanted for tax evasion. His ex-wife Denise Eisenberg Rich donated to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton's Presidential Foundation, and Hillary Clinton's senate campaign as well.
It reminds voters of how money can buy you anything when you're paying off a Clinton. The Washington Post must have been pained to report on the Rich saga and new information-release thusly:
Rich, who received his pardon on Bill Clinton’s last day in the White House, had fled to Switzerland after learning he would be indicted on a charge of tax evasion in the 1980s. The investigation, conducted between 2001 and 2005, was disclosed in news accounts at the time and looked at whether Clinton had issued the pardon in exchange for political donations, including to Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate race and to the Clinton Foundation. It was closed with no charges.
Actually the FBI files read that Denise Eisenberg Rich "has been a major political donor to the Democratic Party, and these donations may have been intended to influence the fugitive's pardon."
The Post conceded that the newly released FBI documents are a "seemingly random reminder of one of the darkest chapters of the Clinton presidency":
Democrats have, of course, scrambled in anger, stating that the FBI's release is further proof they are meddling in the 2016 election. The FBI has remained calm, cool and collected in its response, which the Post sums up:
FBI officials said the timing was coincidental. The FBI released a statement saying that they were published after Freedom of Information Act requests and were posted “automatically and electronically to the FBI’s public reading room in accordance with the law and established procedures.” This happens, the statement said, on a “first-in, first-out” basis.
The Rich documents provided little new information about the matter, which plagued the first years of Bill Clinton’s post-presidency. But they served as a reminder of the vigor of the criminal probe into the matter.
While there may not be anything new or remarkable in the FBI documents, what should stand out to voters is how the Bureau internally referred to the Clinton-Rich investigation as "concerning possible public corruption surrounding the pardons granted by former president William Clinton."