This is from the “Flogging a Dead Horse Dept.”
On Thursday, in a last gasp effort to make something of the long-debunked allegations against the Clinton Foundation, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee heard from two “private investigators” who have been leading the charge on this for the alt-right. The pair claims to have 6,000 pages of damning evidence. They say they’ve turned it over to the FBI and the IRS, but have heard nothing from them (maybe because their “evidence” is just hogwash, who knows?).
Republicans on the Oversight Committee expected to get their hands on this trove of 6,000 pages on Thursday, no doubt with the intent of cherry picking through it see if there was any material that might embarrass the Clinton’s. But the whole thing went rapidly south when the investigators refused to turn over their documents. And they couldn’t even come up with a legitimate excuse for their refusal. What a debacle.
A congressional hearing on the Clinton Foundation turned into a fiasco on Thursday after Republicans clashed with their own witnesses — two private investigators who refused to turn over documents that they claimed showed evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the Clinton Foundation.
John Moynihan and Larry Doyle, financial analysts who say they have uncovered evidence of pay-to-play and financial crimes at the Clinton Foundation, were invited to testify on their findings by the House Oversight Committee’s Republican Chairman Mark Meadows.
But tensions erupted between Meadows and the two witnesses after Moynihan and Doyle refused to turn over 6,000 pages of documents that they say back up their claims — documents that the pair has already given to the FBI and the IRS.
“If you’re not going to share [the documents] with the committee and cut to the chase, my patience is running out,” said Meadows. After consulting briefly with their attorney, who was present, Moynihan and Doyle said they still would not turn over their report but would answer questions about it.
Mark Meadows, the Republican committee chair, demonstrated an astounding level of incompetence when he failed to find out beforehand that his two star witnesses would refuse to provide even one shred of written evidence. It’s a good thing that Republicans are losing control of this committee because they don’t deserve it.
CORRECTION: I just finished watching the committee hearing on C-SPAN (or at least most of it), and have corrected something I said in the 1st paragraph. In my initial post, I said the witnesses withheld documents related to the Uranium One controversy – that is not the case, they withheld documents related to accusations of misrepresentations on tax forms and other alleged mishandling of funds by the Clinton Foundation, particularly their health initiatives.