Judge refuses to shut down Clinton Foundation probe

Whistleblowers claim operation has lobbied for foreign interests

A federal tax judge has refused to shut down an investigation into the operations of the Clinton Foundation, ruling that the IRS, when it asked for summary judgment, “abused its discretion.”

Just the News reported U.S. Tax Court Judge David Gustafson denied the IRS request and instead will allow the whistleblower complaint to proceed.

The judge said the concerns from former Drug Enforcement Agency official John Moynihan and tax expert Larry Doyle provided “specific credible documentation” supporting their allegations of possible tax-exempt legal violations by the Arkansas-based Clinton charity.

The complaint charges that the foundationshould lose its tax-exempt status.

The Clinton Foundation was flush with cash from huge donations, many from overseas, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Its income has plunged in the years since she left office. In fact, investigative author Peter Schweizer said in a television interview with “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that donations to the foundation have “dried up.”

“The Clinton Foundation has had a hard time raising money because they don’t have the influence to sell,” he said. “They don’t have power access to sell and that, I think, is the primary evidence for what the Clinton enterprise was all about.”

Doyle, a managing partner of DM Income Advisers, said the foundation and the World Health Organization formed an agreement that should have cost the foundation its tax-exempt status.

Doyle already has testified to Congress that the law doesn’t allow the foundation to take part in certain types of agreements.

“According to promotional material, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative partnered with the World Health Organization on a technical program to scale up ‘national HIV/AIDS care and treatment,'” JTN reported.

The foundation, according to the whistleblowers, wrongly operated as a foreign lobbyist by accepting overseas donations and then trying to influence U.S. actions.

When Moynihan appeared before Congress, he said, the foundation should’ve registered under FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”

“Ultimately, the foundation and its auditors conceded n formal submissions that it did operate as a (foreign) agent, therefore the foundation is not entitled to its 501c3 tax-exempt privileges as outlined in IRS 170(c)2,” Moynihan said.

The IRS has denied the allegations in the complaint, although it has admitted to previous problems with compliance.

The judge, in deciding the case will continue, asked the IRS and whistleblowers for a schedule of actions.

The whistleblowers have asked for permission to take a deposition from a state official in Arkansas who oversees accounting compliance. full story

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