While Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has thus far skirted federal indictment over her mishandling of classified information while serving as Secretary of State, many of her critics still hope that a thorough investigation of her Clinton Foundation will be conducted.
There are now some indications that a potential investigation is being fielded by the IRS. A new report in the Daily Caller reveals IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has referred an investigation into charges the Clinton Foundation was engaged in "pay-to-play" to his agency's exempt operations office:
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.”
The initiative is being led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican who serves as the vice chairwoman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which oversees FTC. The FTC regulates public charities alongside the IRS.
The lawmakers charged the Clinton Foundation is a “lawless ‘pay-to-play’ enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years and should be investigated.”
Koskinen’s July 22 reply came only a week after the House Republicans contacted the tax agency. It arrived to their offices Monday, the first opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“We have forwarded the information you have submitted to our Exempt Organizations Program in Dallas,” Koskinen told the Republicans.
The Exempt Organization Program is the division of the IRS that regulates the operations of public foundations and charities. It’s the same division that was led by former IRS official Lois Lerner when hundreds of conservative, evangelical and tea party non-profit applicants were illegally targeted and harassed by tax officials.
There is an important distinction though, between referring a charge to a department for review -- which is what the IRS said it has done in its letter to Blackburn -- and actually investigating the charges.
Given that the IRS has served as the Obama administration's own personal henchmen, assailing conservative individuals and organizations for no other purpose than to punish them, we've doubts about how far the IRS would take any Clinton-focused investigation.
Still, news that yet another Clinton or Clinton entity is under scrutiny will hardly serve to boost the Democratic nominee's already compromised image and low trustworthy rating among Americans.
For the full, in-depth report visit the Daily Caller here.