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- August 5, 2015

Implicated In An FBI Investigation This Week, Clinton Is Fundraising With A Mayor Suspected Of Bribery, Pay To Play, Bid Rigging And Laundering

Today, Hillary Clinton Will Attend A Fundraiser Hosted By San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. ("Conversation With Hillary For Hillary For America," Political Party Time, Sunlight Foundation, Accessed 8/5/15)

LEE WAS IMPLICATED BY THE FBI EARLIER THIS WEEK FOR HIS ROLE IN PUBLIC CORRUPTION SCHEMES

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Has Been Implicated In A Criminal Case For "Alleged Bribery Schemes, Pay-To-Play Plots, Campaign Fund Laundering And State Construction Contract Rigging." "Evidence from the prosecution of Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow potentially implicates a wide array of city and state leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, in alleged bribery schemes, pay-to-play plots, campaign fund laundering and state construction contract rigging." (Jonah Owen Lamb, "Public Officials Named In New Findings From FBI Probe Of 'Shrimp Boy' Chow," The San Francisco Examiner , 8/4/15)

Lee's Indiscretions Were "Caught On Tape Or Witnessed By Undercover FBI Agents Or Their Sources . " "According to a Tuesday filing by Chow's attorneys in federal court, which includes never-before-released details and names from a yearlong investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mayor Lee, some of The City's leadership, an Alameda County prosecutor and a state official were all named in alleged wrongdoing caught on tape or witnessed by undercover FBI agents or their sources." (Jonah Owen Lamb, "Public Officials Named In New Findings From FBI Probe Of 'Shrimp Boy' Chow," The San Francisco Examiner , 8/4/15)

According To The FBI, "Lee Took Substantial Bribes In Exchange For Favors." "'The FBI alleged in discovery that Ed Lee took substantial bribes in exchange for favors,' notes the filing, which goes on to say that then-Human Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer and commission staff member Zula Jones facilitated those exchanges." (Jonah Owen Lamb, "Public Officials Named In New Findings From FBI Probe Of 'Shrimp Boy' Chow," The San Francisco Examiner , 8/4/15)

  • It Was Alleged That Lee "Knew He Was Taking The Money Illegally." "The filing alleges Jones and Mohajer said Lee 'knew he was taking the money illegally.'" (Jonah Owen Lamb, "Public Officials Named In New Findings From FBI Probe Of 'Shrimp Boy' Chow," The San Francisco Examiner , 8/4/15)

Filings Show That "Lee Took $20,000 In Campaign Contributions In His First Four Months Of Office." "Mohajer Allegedly 'Explained The Process By Which She Launders Ed Lee's Campaign Money,' Said The Filing, Which Went On To Say That Lee Took $20,000 In Campaign Contributions, Gifts And Trips In His First Four Months In Office." (Jonah Owen Lamb, "Public Officials Named In New Findings From FBI Probe Of 'Shrimp Boy' Chow," The San Francisco Examiner , 8/4/15)

THE FBI HAS ALSO LAUNCHED AN INQUIRY INTO THE SECURITY OF CLINTON'S SERVER AFTER THE CASE WAS REFERRED TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 

The FBI Is Now Investigating Clinton's "Unusual" Private E-Mail Setup. "The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials." (Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Rosalind, and Tom Hamburger, "FBI Looking Into The Security Of Hillary Clinton's Private E-Mail Setup," The Washington Post , 8/4/15)

  • The Washington Post Headline: "FBI Looking Into The Security Of Hillary Clinton's Private E-Mail Setup" (Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Rosalind, and Tom Hamburger, "FBI Looking Into The Security Of Hillary Clinton's Private E-Mail Setup," The Washington Post , 8/4/15)

"The Inquiries By The FBI Follow Concerns From Government Officials That Potentially Hundreds Of E-Mails That Passed Through Clinton's Private Server Contained Classified Or Sensitive Information." (Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Rosalind, and Tom Hamburger, "FBI Looking Into The Security Of Hillary Clinton's Private E-Mail Setup," The Washington Post , 8/4/15)

  • In July, The Inspector General For The Intelligence Community Referred The Issue To The Justice Department. "The FBI's interest in Clinton's e-mail system comes after the intelligence community's inspector general referred the issue to the Justice Department in July. Intelligence officials expressed concern that some sensitive information was not in the government's possession and could be 'compromised.' The referral did not accuse Clinton of any wrongdoing, and the two officials said Tuesday that the FBI is not targeting her." (Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Rosalind, and Tom Hamburger, "FBI Looking Into The Security Of Hillary Clinton's Private E-Mail Setup," The Washington Post , 8/4/15)

CLINTON WOULD RATHER FUNDRAISE WITH AN ALLEGED CRIMINAL THAN ATTEND THE AFL-CIO'S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FORUM IN IOWA

"The Iowa Chapter Of The AFL-CIO Announced Tuesday That It Would Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum On Thursday, Aug. 6" And Clinton Will Be "Notably Absent." "The Iowa chapter of the AFL-CIO announced Tuesday that it would hold a presidential candidate forum on Thursday, Aug. 6. Notably absent from the list of attendees was front-running candidate Hillary Clinton." (Sean Higgins, "Hillary Clinton To Miss AFL-CIO Iowa Candidate Forum," The Washington Examiner , 8/4/15)

Clinton's Campaign Cited A "Scheduling Conflict," When Asked About Her Absence From The Forum. "'She will not be appearing,' Lance Coles, spokesman for the AFL-CIO's Iowa chapter, told the Washington Examiner. He said the campaign cited a 'scheduling conflict.'" (Sean Higgins, "Hillary Clinton To Miss AFL-CIO Iowa Candidate Forum," The Washington Examiner , 8/4/15)


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