It has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. The Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered 14,900 additional emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server that had not previously been identified. An investigation by the Associated Press shows that more than half of those representing private interests who met with Clinton while she was Secretary of State donated to the Clinton Foundation.
The stream of bad news for the Democratic presidential candidate led Donald Trump to call for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter. From Politico:
Trump argued during a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, that the federal government could not be trusted to impartially probe Clinton’s relationship to the foundation and its donors.
“The Justice Department is required to appoint an independent Special Prosecutor because it has proven itself to be a political arm of the White House,” he said.
This morning, prominent surrogates in Georgia amplified Trump’s message. From Senator David Perdue:
Actions speak louder than words, and this is just another example of Hillary Clinton’s questionable ethics and integrity. Whether you are the Secretary of State, or want to be the Commander-in-Chief, pay-to-play politics is wrong. If then-Secretary Clinton potentially prioritized her time based on dollar signs instead of foreign policy goals that should be thoroughly examined. Any responsible leader would have avoided this situation all together instead of charging their friends for special treatment and access to the State Department. People are struggling to make it from payday to payday and our country is in a national debt crisis. These are the real issues facing our country, and the American people deserve better than career politicians who put their personal profits ahead of our national interests.
Former Congressman and federal prosecutor Bob Barr, who supported Ted Cruz in the GOP primary, offered his assessment:
Donald Trump is right. Evidence of a pay-to-play relationship between Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation has become so clear, that the only way to get to the bottom of the mess is to have an investigation by a Special Prosecutor. The Obama Justice Department has proven unwilling and incapable of conducting a credible investigation despite requests from some of its field offices and the FBI, and Hillary Clinton has lied to the American people for months. Only an independent counsel can investigate the Clinton Foundation fairly and impartially.