Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FBI Produces FOIA Information on Clinton / Rich Pardon

Bill Clinton and Denise Rich
Bloomberg reports that the FBI has "unexpectedly released 129 pages of documents related to an investigation closed without charges in 2005 into President Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. The file was actually posted online Monday "but received little attention until the FBI noted it in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon."

Says Bloomberg, "the Clinton campaign immediately questioned the timing of the release."
The investigation stemmed from one of several pardons Clinton made on the last day of his presidency in 2001, that of financier and international fugitive Marc Rich, whose ex-wife Denise had given to the Democratic National Committee and the entity that would later become the Clinton Foundation. While the files may seem dated, they invoke figures beyond the Clintons who went on to play key roles in official Washington -- including Comey. He served as prosecutor in charge of a legal case against Rich from 1987 to 1993. As the U.S. attorney in Manhattan in 2002, Comey took over a criminal investigation of Clinton’s pardons. “I was stunned” at the Rich pardon, Comey wrote in a letter to lawmakers in 2008. 
Former Attorney General Eric Holder has also been critical of Comer. He was, of course, knee-deep in the Rich pardon controversy as well. See more on this story here.

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