According to a new report, the FBI failed to brief Congressional investigators on ties between former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, the diplomat whose tip prompted the Russia probe, with the Clinton Foundation.
John Solomon of The Hill reports:
Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry’s website.
Downer and former President Clinton jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 that spread out the grant money over four years for a project to provide screening and drug treatment to AIDS patients in Asia. [..]
Downer, now Australia’s ambassador to London, provided the account of a conversation with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a London bar in 2016 that became the official reason the FBI opened the Russia counterintelligence probe.
But lawmakers say the FBI didn’t tell Congress about Downer’s prior connection to the Clinton Foundation. Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier.
According to reports, the FBI is investigating millions of “mishandled taxpayer” dollars funneled to the dubious non-profit from Australian taxpayers.
Zerohedge reports via LifeZette:
The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.
“I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Smith told LifeZette.
Of note, the Clinton Foundation received some $88 million from Australian taxpayers between 2006 and 2014, reaching its peak in 2012-2013 – which was coincidentally (we’re sure) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s last year in office.
Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and multiple Australian government officials – including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, whose conversation with Trump aide George Papadopoulos that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation (as opposed to the Fusion GPS dossier, of course).
The news comes amid a recent report by Solomon alleging the FBI is launching a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Is this the probe Solomon was referring to?
As The Gateway Pundit previously reports, one witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity has already been interviewed by the FBI. The witness described the interview to The Hill as “extremely professional and unquestionably thorough” and focused on questions about whether donors to Clinton charitable efforts received any favorable treatment from the Obama administration on a policy decision.
One report after another from various media outlets have shown strange coincidences involving the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Foundation would receive huge donations from donor X only to have donor X magically get favorable decisions by Hillary Clinton’s State Department around the same time.
The Australian reports on the so-called tip from Downer:
The New York Times reported overnight that Mr Downer, the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, had a heavy night of drinking with Mr Papadopoulos at the Kensington Wine Rooms in May 2016 when Mr Papadopoulos mentioned that Russia was shopping dirt on Mr Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.
Mr Papadopoulos had been told the information about three weeks earlier that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs Clinton, stolen in an effort to damage her run for the US presidency. He had learned the information from a Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, who had many high level Russian contacts. When he met Mr Downer he then opened up about the Mrs Clinton dossiers.
The New York Times claims that Australian intelligence officials passed on Mr Downer’s information to their American counterparts when leaked Democratic Party emails emerged some two months later. That sparked the FBI investigation about Russia’s interference in the election, which has developed into the inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller.