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Another Clinton Supporter, Another Investigation

- March 23, 2016

Today, The House Ethics Committee Opened An Investigation Into Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL). "The House Ethics Committee today said it has opened an investigation into Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville." (Alex Leary, "U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Under Investigation By House Ethics Committee," Tampa Bay Times , 2/23/16)

  • The Investigation Includes Allegations Of Improper Conduct, Fraudulent Activity, Misuse Of Campaign Funds, Failure To Comply With Tax Laws, And More. "A letter released Wednesday states that the investigation includes 'allegations that she engaged in improper conduct relating to certain outside organizations, including allegations that she may have conspired with other persons in connection with fraudulent activity, improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign funds for personal purposes, used official resources for impermissible non-official purposes, failed to comply with tax laws and made false statements, and/or failed to make required disclosures, to the House of Representatives and Federal Election Commission.'" (Alex Leary, "U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Under Investigation By House Ethics Committee," Tampa Bay Times , 2/23/16)
  • The Department Of Justice Has Requested That The Committee Wait To Act, "Highlighting The Seriousness Of The Allegations." "The committee will wait to act, as requested by the Department of Justice, according to the letter, highlighting the seriousness of the allegations." (Alex Leary, "U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Under Investigation By House Ethics Committee," Tampa Bay Times , 2/23/16)

Brown Was Subpoenaed In January Regarding Her Ties To An Organization Which Has Since Pleaded Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Wire Fraud. "Federal investigators issued a subpoena to Brown in January and earlier this month the head of an organization tied to Brown pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud." (Alex Leary, "U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Under Investigation By House Ethics Committee," Tampa Bay Times , 2/23/16)

  • The Organization In Question, One Door For Education, Outlined The Conspiracy With An Unnamed Public Official "Person A," Believed To Be Brown. "Carla Anderson Wiley, president of One Door for Education, waived being indicted and consented to filing in federal court of papers known as an information outlining the conspiracy with an unnamed public official listed in court papers as Person A. Brown fits the description of Person A in the court filing, which says Person A's photo appeared on a One Door website. Brown's photo appears in three places on the website." (Steve Patterson, "Head Of Group U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Touted As Charity Charged With Wire Fraud Conspiracy," First Coast News , 3/4/16)
  • One Door Is Intended To Use Donations To Fund Scholarships, But Has Only Distributed A Single $1,000 Scholarship. "The information said One Door only distributed one scholarship to purportedly cover expenses associated with attending a college or university - a $1,000 payment to a person living in Virginia." (Steve Patterson, "Head Of Group U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Touted As Charity Charged With Wire Fraud Conspiracy," First Coast News , 3/4/16)
  • "The Filing Said The Vast Majority Of Money Deposited Into One Door's Bank Account Was Used For Personal Or Professional Benefit Of Person A." "In contrast, the filing said the vast majority of money deposited into One Door's bank account was used for personal or professional benefit of Person A, Person B, Wiley and others." (Steve Patterson, "Head Of Group U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Touted As Charity Charged With Wire Fraud Conspiracy," First Coast News , 3/4/16)

Brown Has Been A Longtime Supporter Of Clinton

Brown Is Supporting Clinton's 2016 Campaign. "Jacksonville U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown also officially came out in support of Clinton's campaign, as did state Sens. Oscar Braynon, Audrey Gibson, and Geraldine Thompson." (Ryan Ray, "Florida Black Caucus Leaders, Scored Of African-American Officials Endorse Hillary Clinton," Florida Politics , 3/2/16)

  • Brown Also Endorsed Clinton's 2008 Presidential Run. "The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown. 'Hillary Clinton has the best combination of strength, experience and intellect to be President and lead from her first day in the White House,' Brown said. 'As she's repeatedly done as Senator, she will bring people together to get results.'" ("Press Release - Florida Rep. Corrine Brown Endorses Clinton," The American Presidency Project, 6/25/07)

Just Last Week It Was Revealed That Another Clinton Supporter Was Under Investigation

Last Week, A Grand Jury Approved An Investigation Into Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones (D-VA). " It sure sounded like big news Wednesday when we learned that a grand jury okayed a Virginia State Police investigation into any possible illegal overlap between construction at Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' new satellite church in Chesterfield County, any members of the mayor's staff, any city workers or the mayor himself." (Mark Holmberg, "Holmberg: Richmond Mayor Faces Broader, More Intense Investigation," WTVR, 3/17/16)

  • The FBI Has Also Joined The Investigation, "Which Takes It To A Whole Different Level." "The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting the FBI has joined the investigation, which takes it to a whole different level. That means knees will be knocking and increases the likelihood that city workers will talk to avoid federal trouble. And remember, there are several members of the mayor's senior staff who are also part of his church." (Mark Holmberg, "Holmberg: Richmond Mayor Faces Broader, More Intense Investigation," WTVR, 3/17/16)

All The While, Clinton Finds Herself In The Midst Of Her Own Ongoing FBI Investigation

In February, The FBI Confirmed That The Investigation Into Clinton's Secret Server Is Ongoing. "The FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server remained 'ongoing' as of earlier this month, a top FBI official said in a letter filed in federal court Monday." (Josh Gerstein, "FBI: Clinton Email Probe 'Ongoing,'" Politico, 2/8/16)

  • FBI Agents "Could Seek To Question Mrs. Clinton's Closest Aides And Possibly The Candidate Herself Within Weeks." "Foremost among a half-dozen inquiries and legal proceedings into whether classified information was sent through Mrs. Clinton's server is an investigation by the F.B.I., whose agents, according to one law enforcement official, could seek to question Mrs. Clinton's closest aides and possibly the candidate herself within weeks." (Steven Lee Myers And Matt Apuzzo, "As Campaign Unfolds, So Do Inquiries Into Hillary Clinton's Emails," The New York Times , 3/2/16)

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