(National Sentinel)Â Australian Connection: The FBI has launched another probe into possible Clinton Foundation malfeasance using evidence given to the bureau by a former Australian police officer-turned-investigative journalist.
As reported byÂ Lifezette, former police detective Michael Smith was asked to provide the FBI with details regarding numerous allegations of mishandling millions of dollars that were contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Australian government.
â€œI have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,â€ Michael Smith told LifeZette.
The news site noted further:
At the center of Smithâ€™s complaints are former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and multiple Australian government officials, including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, that governmentâ€™s high commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Downer hit U.S. headlines recently when he was reported to have told the FBI of a May 2016 conversation he had withÂ George Papadopoulos, then a campaign aide to President Donald Trump. Downer told U.S. law enforcement officials that Papadopoulos told him Russia had â€œdirtâ€ on Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times claimed in aÂ Dec. 30, 2017,Â story that the information Downer gave the FBI was a principal factor in the bureauâ€™s decision to investigate allegations of collusion between Russian government interests and the Trump campaign.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year.
AsÂ The National Sentinel noted, the Times story was criticized by a number of other media outlets who say that the infamous “Trump dossier,” not a minor campaign figure, was what the FBI used to launch its investigation.Â A number of Republican lawmakers agree with that conclusion, citing evidence congressional panels have amassed in their investigations of the alleged collusion.
In any event, asÂ Lifezette reported further:
The materials Smith is giving the FBI focus on a 2006 memorandum of understanding between the Australian government and the Clinton Foundationâ€™s Clinton HIV/AIDs Initiative (CHAI). Smith claims the foundation received a â€œ$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deceptionâ€ as a result of actions by Bill Clinton and Downer, who was then Australiaâ€™s minister of foreign affairs.
In addition, Smith is providing evidenceÂ he believes shows â€œcorrupt October 2006 backdating of false tender advertisements purporting to advertise the availability ofÂ a $15 million contract to provide HIV/AIDS services in Papua New GuineaÂ on behalf of the Australian governmentÂ after an agreement was already in place to pay the Clinton Foundation and/or associates.â€
Smith describes a third complaint asÂ â€œthe $10 million financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deceptionÂ between April 1, 2008, and Sept. 25, 2008, atÂ Washington, D.C., New York, New York, and Canberra Australia involvingÂ an MOU betweenÂ the Australian government,Â the â€œClinton Climate Initiative,â€ andÂ the purported â€œGlobal Carbon Capture and Storage Institute Inc.â€
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