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Senator Sessions: Clinton Foundation may be involved in extortion

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) told CNN Tuesday that it “seems like” the FBI didn’t get around to fully investigating the actual relationship between the corruption-plagued Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. (Sessions is an ally of Clinton’s opponent in the general election, Republican businessman Donald Trump.)

“The evidence indicates to me that this should be fully investigated,” Sessions said, according to a LifeZette report. “I cannot say that [FBI Director] Mr. [James] Comey has not completed a full investigation but it seems like he has not.”

Sessions said that “just because [Comey] might conclude there is not a chargeable offense does not indicate that there is no wrongdoing.”

“The fundamental thing is you cannot be secretary of state of the United States of America and use that position to extort or to seek contributions to your private foundation,” Sessions said. “That is a fundamental violation of law and that does appear to have happened.”

Sessions said it’s clear that donors to the Clinton Foundation expected their donations to give them access to the machinery of government.

“Why are these people in countries that are very poor giving millions of dollars, even hundreds of millions of dollars, to a foundation that doesn’t benefit them in any direct way or the people in their country?” the senator said.

“They’re doing it to gain access, and you [shouldn’t] pay to get access.”

Sessions’ comments come as USA Today editorializes that the Clinton Foundation should be shut down and the left-wing Boston Globe urges the foundation to stop accepting donations.

Capital Research Center has published several profiles of the Clinton Foundation over the years. The two most recent are “The Clinton Foundation:  A cauldron of conflicts and cronyism,” by Barbara Joanna Lucas, Foundation Watch, May 2015, and “The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation: Pay no attention to the First Family behind the curtain,” by Jonathan M. Hanen, Foundation Watch, September 2014.