The peculiar release of information relating to a closed investigation into possible play for play has the punditry perplexed. On Tuesday, the FBI tweeted out documents related to the controversial 2001 Bill Clinton pardon of arch-criminal Marc Rich. The now rapidly sinking Clinton campaign, Democrats and their media winged monkeys cried foul and accused FBI Director James Comey of trying to influence the election.
As expected, Team Hillary is once again railing against Comey over this seemingly strangely timed release on the Rich case.
Politico reports “Clinton camp questions FBI release of Marc Rich pardon files”:
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is raising questions about the timing of the FBI’s release Tuesday of records on a 15-year-old investigation into President Bill Clinton’s pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich.
The FBI posted the 129 pages of records in its online Freedom of Information Act reading room in apparent response to a FOIA request seeking information on FBI inquiries into the Clinton Foundation.
The release was dated Monday, but an FBI Twitter account flagged the new posting Tuesday.
The Clinton campaign, which is already at odds with FBI Director James Comey over his disclosure of new evidence in the Clinton email probe, immediately questioned why Clinton-related records were being released just a week before the election.
“Absent a FOIA litigation deadline, this is odd. Will FBI be posting docs on Trump’s housing discrimination in ’70s?” Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon asked on Twitter.
But despite their public outcry this could be really, really big trouble for Mrs. Clinton. The Marc Rich pardon always bore the stench of corruption and high-ranking government officials for sale covering up for their crooked buddy and revisiting this case right now could throw open a whole Pandora’s box of Clinton crime family scandals that would implicate many who have gone on to power and prominence.
One of those who acted with questionable motives in the Rich pardon is former Attorney General Eric Holder. Obama’s top hatchet man at the DOJ never met a bankster that he wouldn’t protect and for his troubles as fox guarding the hen house Dirty Eric was able to bass right back through that big revolving door between government and private industry when he settled into his old job at high power law firm Covington & Burling which represents the same Wall Street banks that Holder was tasked with prosecuting when he was the nation’s top cop on the beat. Gee, do you ever wonder why not one of the money changers who wrecked the economy never got prosecuted?
It gets better too. Holder circumvented normal procedures in order to secure Rich’s infamous pardon, an act that none other than James Comey – then a U.S. Attorney – described as a “huge misjudgement” which in layman’s terms can roughly be translated into something along the lines of Holder was bought.
But wait…it even gets better than that…
According to a story on top Hillary backer Goldman Sachs that liberal muckraker Matt Taibbi did a few years back for Rolling Stone magazine, Rich was a player in commodities – specifically the Russian minerals trade. I excerpt the following from “The Vampire Squid Strikes Again”:
Goldman and Chase – along with Glencore and Trafigura, a pair of giant Swiss-based conglomerates that were offshoots of a firm founded by notorious deceased commodities trader and known market manipulator Marc Rich – all made notably coincidental purchases of metals-warehousing companies in 2010.
The presence of these Marc Rich entities is particularly noteworthy. According to famed Forbes reporter Paul Klebnikov, who was assassinated in 2004 after years of reports on Russian corruption, Rich made a fortune in the early Nineties striking crooked deals with the Soviet bosses who controlled the U.S.S.R.’s supplies of raw materials – in particular commodities like zinc and aluminum. These deals helped create a fledgling class of profiteers among the bosses of the crumbling Soviet empire, a class that would go on years later to help push Russia out of its communist past into its kleptocratic present.
“He’d strike a deal with the local party boss, or the director of a state-owned company,” Klebnikov said back in 2001. “He’d say, ‘OK, you will sell me the [commodity] at five to 10 percent of the world-market price . . . and in return, I will deposit some of the profit I make by reselling it 10 times higher on the world market, and put the kickback in a Swiss bank account.’”
Rich made these reported deals while in exile from the United States, which he fled in 1983 after the U.S. government charged him with tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and trading with the enemy after being caught trading with rogue states like Iran, among other things. The state filed enough counts to put him away for life, and he remained a fugitive until January 2001, when a little-known Clinton administration Justice Department official named Eric Holder recommended Rich be pardoned. A report by the House Committee on Government Reform later concluded that Holder had not provided a credible explanation for supporting Rich’s pardon and that he must have had “other motivations” that he didn’t share with Congress. Among other things, the committee speculated that Holder had designs on the attorney general’s office in a potential Al Gore administration.
In any case, in 2010, a decade after the Rich pardon, Holder was attorney general, but under Barack Obama, and two Rich-created firms, along with two banks that have been major donors to the Democratic Party, all made moves to buy up metals warehouses. In near simultaneous fashion, Goldman, Chase, Glencore and Trafigura bought companies that control warehouses all over the world for the LME, or London Metals Exchange. The LME is a privately owned exchange for world metals trading. It’s the world’s primary hub for determining metals prices and also for trading metals-based futures, options, swaps and other instruments.
And one of those commodities that Rich was dabbling in just happened to be Russian uranium – maybe that same Russian uranium that has been a yuuge thorn in the side of the Clinton crime family. As Peter Schweizer, the author of the book Clinton Cash wrote in a New York Post expose entitled “Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive Marc Rich continues to pay big”:
Then there’s Russian investor Sergei Kurzin. He worked for Marc Rich in the 1990s, traveling around Russia looking for suitable investment opportunities in the crumbled former Soviet Union.
An engineer by training, Kurzin has been involved in lucrative deals in Kazakhstan and other countries, including the lucrative Uranium One deal that involved Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra.
Russia bought 20 percent of all uranium production capacity in the US, a deal that needed to be signed off on by the State Department when it was headed by Hillary Clinton. While the deal was going through, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow, paid for by a Russian investment bank promoting the uranium deal.
Kurzin, meanwhile, donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.
The London-based Reuben Brothers have made a fortune thanks in part to their commodities firm Trans World Metals. According to the World Bank, they founded that firm with money from Marc Rich.
But it isn’t only Schweizer who the liberals will simply dismiss as having a partisan vendetta, the New York Times also wrote about that Russian uranium deal so they’re going to have a tough time spinning that away as Russian influenced alt-right conspiracy theories.
Given the events of the past week you don’t have to be parading around in a tin foil hat to suspect that there may be more than meets the eye here – like a full blown war between Obama’s corrupt Justice Department and an FBI that is pissed off over having the bureau’s image sullied after Comey prematurely closed down the initial investigation into those damn emails immediately after his boss privately met with Slick Willie on an airplane in Phoenix. An even more tantalizing prospect would be a sting operation that Hillary, the Democrats and their cohorts at the DOJ cesspool of iniquity now headed up by Loretta Lynch have just blundered into. Wouldn’t that be something?
The idea has to be considered a possibility, especially now that the latest Wikileaks data dump of John Podesta emails (also a player in Russian Uranium) contains the bunker buster that the investigation into Huma’s treasure trove of emails is being conducted by a high level Justice Department official who is an intimate chum of Hillary’s campaign manager who appears to be colluding with the Clinton campaign.
Better buckle your seat belts folks because this one’s going to be a thrill ride all the way to the finish.
Originally published at Downtrend.com