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The Clinton Foundation scandal is even worse than the email scandal and cover-up. Will there be an indictment?

Source: FBI: Clinton Foundation Case Moving Towards an Indictment

The investigation looking into possible pay-for-play interaction between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Foundation has been going on for more than a year. Led by the white collar crime division, public corruption branch of the criminal investigative division of the FBI.The Clinton Foundation investigation is a, quote, “very high priority.” Agents have interviewed and reinterviewed multiple people about the Foundation case, and even before the WikiLeaks dumps, agents say they have collected a great deal of evidence. Pressed on that, one sources said, quote, “a lot of it,” and “there is an avalanche of new information coming every day.”Some of it from WikiLeaks, some of it from new emails. The agents are actively and aggressively pursuing this case. They will be going back to interview the same people again, some for the third time.

I hope this is true. While the email felonies and resulting cover-up felonies are 10 times as bad as anything Nixon ever dreamed of, the Clinton Foundation sell-out of our national security is treasonous and even more serious. In some countries you’d get the death penalty for just one of those infractions. And selling her influence was obviously the aim of the foundation.

I run an Internal Audit group, and to ensure real and perceived independence my employees aren’t allowed to take anything from anyone, ever. Not a lunch, not a t-shirt, not a pencil. I know human nature and the law of reciprocity.  Even the Hare Krishnas knew that if they gave you a flower — even if you knew they were trying to manipulate you with it! — that you’d be more likely to listen to them.  People might be tempted to go easy on an audit if someone has given them a gift.  And even if they didn’t, people might think that was the case and it would undermine our perception.
So for Hillary to take in tens of millions of $$ and pretend it wasn’t for personal gain is ridiculous — whether the FBI investigates or not. No rational person would want to give her even more power, along with a message that she truly is above the law.  Yet the Left — including the “Christian” Left — doesn’t care about this obvious and egregious abuse of power.  Why?  Because they love abortion, LGBTQX perversions and wealth redistribution and they hate the 1st and 2nd Amendments.

Real leadership and ethics involve not even having the appearance of conflicts of interest. Also, Hillary is corrupt.

As a leader of an Internal Audit group, I do everything possible to ensure that my team is objective and that we are perceived as such.  Example: Some people we were auditing wanted to give my employees t-shirts, but I told them they couldn’t accept anything — not a t-shirt, not a lunch, not a #2 pencil.  They weren’t happy with that at first, but they came around to my reasoning.

The law of reciprocity is a fact of human nature in all cultures.  When your neighbor drops off a Christmas gift — no matter how nominal, such as a jar of jelly — 99% of people immediately have an instinct to want to reciprocate.  So even though you have no legal obligation to do so, your human nature drives you to it.  People know that, which is why so many businesses give gifts, entertainment and vacations to customers and politicians.  It has a proven impact on human behavior.

And even if it didn’t impact behavior, I still avoid those things because of appearances.  In my example, I think my employees would still be very objective in asking their basic audit questions.  But those getting audited might have thought it was influencing their work and others getting audited might have felt that they also had to provide gifts.

This is all why most of the donations to the Clinton Foundation are doubly wrong.  Even if the “donors” weren’t buying influence, it obviously gave the appearance of it.  Bill Clinton just “happened” to get huge speaking fees from groups who just “happened” to have business impacted by Hillary’s State Department.  That appearance alone should have stopped those arrangements.  But Hillary and her family benefit mightily through their Foundation with travel, salaries and more.  It is probably the most public and glaring abuse of monetizing one’s power in American history.  She should be in jail for this alone (not to mention the email server, Benghazi, etc.).

Thankfully, it sounds like this is getting investigated.  But Obama has an interest in suppressing this so Hillary can be elected and carry on his dream nightmare.  Via FBI’s Clinton probe expands to public corruption track:

“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said.The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration.The Clinton Foundation is a public charity, known as a 501(c)(3). It had grants and contributions in excess of $144 million in 2013, the most current available data.

More here.

This was sort of inevitable. No sentient being ever saw the Clinton Foundation as anything other than a way to provide the Clintons with tax free income. No one ever thought that the Clintons and their inner circle were not enriching themselves by trading on Hillary’s position as Secretary of State. In fact, it is my contention that a significant number of the 1300+ classified emails held on Hillary Clinton’s private email server were US government information that was being used as currency to enrich Sid Blumenthal, his deceased crony Tyler Drumheller, and others.

It is clear that Bill and Hillary are wildly deceptive, greedy, vile and selfish.  The evidence for that could fill up the Interwebs.  The question is why the Leftists will vote for her anyway.  And the answer to that is simple: Abortions, LGBTQX perversions and coveting your neighbor’s money.

Book recommendation: Cold-Case Christianity

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace was even better than expected.  I figured it would be a good refresher on some basic apologetics, but he offered a lot fresh angles and was very interesting to read.

A few highlights  . . .

He noticed how John’s Gospel never refers to Jesus’ mother by name, and then points out how that would be logical given that Jesus asked John to take her as his mother.  He wrote the Gospel a few decades later, so it might have been odd for him to call her by her first name.

The differences between the Gospel writers made so much sense when the texts were analyzed forensically.   For example:

Mark used specific titles to describe Peter, gave him priority in the narrative, uniquely included information related to Peter, and copied Peter’s preaching outline when structuring his own gospel. These circumstantial facts support the claims of the early church fathers who identified Peter as the source of Mark’s information. By hanging on every word, we were able to construct a reasonable circumstantial case for the gospel of Mark as an eyewitness account. When combined with the testimony of the early church, this evidence becomes even more powerful.

He does a great job of annihilating the conspiracy theory angle of skeptics.

Don’t get me wrong, successful conspiracies occur every day. But they typically involve a small number of incredibly close-knit participants who are in constant contact with one another for a very short period of time without any outside pressure. That wasn’t the case for the disciples. These men and women either were involved in the greatest conspiracy of all time or were simply eyewitnesses who were telling the truth. The more I learned about conspiracies, the more the latter seemed to be the most reasonable conclusion.

As a VP of Internal Audit, one of the roles of my team is to investigate thefts and other issues, so I found the interrogation and evidence-gathering parts to be fascinating.  I have a 70 yr. old investigator who is amazing at what he does.  He is a committed Christian and will enjoy this book!

One free crime!

Super Policeman Mike catches bad guys with 1,375 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. Cheech and Chong couldn’t even claim that was for personal use, so they were obviously big dealers.  So of course they go to prison for a really long time, right?   Not exactly:

It has been nearly 2 years since I seized this jackpot of green-ness. Know what the perps got for it? Probation and $5,000 fines! Pathetic!

That’s sad, but I’m not surprised.  I run an Internal Audit group.  We catch people stealing thousands of dollars of cash and/or property and they get no jail time plus an interest free loan — i.e., they pay back part of what they stole over time, but if they can’t afford to pay it back there are no consequences. 

One thief was a convicted felon who we fired after an external agency informed us of his record.  Turns out his record was past some sort of arbitrary time limit so he sued and we hired him back.  His repayment for our employment of him was to steal as much as he possibly could. And after his arrest he threatened physical harm to employees at the company.  Not exactly a serious case of repentance. 

Did he do time?  Nope, once again the prior felony was too old to hold against him.  Will he pay back the money?  Doubtful.  The sentence will require it but all he’ll have to do is claim he can’t afford it and he’ll be off the hook.

You really don’t want the public to know that you get one big “free” theft before you see any jail time! 

Please pretend you never read this post.