The FBI released 129 files regarding the investigation conducted into Bill Clinton. The investigation dealt with the pardon given by Bill Clinton on his last day in the White House to businessman Marc Rich, who was married to a donor to the Democratic Party.







Did it harm the campaign?

Did it harm the campaign? Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

After FBI Director James Comey announced the renewal of the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton last weekend, today (Tuesday), the FBI released 129 files regarding the investigation against her husband, former US President Bill Clinton. The investigation dealt with the pardon that Bill Clinton granted businessman Marc Rich. The investigation ended in 2005 without an indictment.

Rich, who was married to a big donor to the Democratic Party, was granted the pardon on Bill Clinton’s last day in the White House. The files were released yesterday but only received attention today, when the FBI tweeted regarding the subject. US media outlets are reporting that although the documents include interesting information, they contain no significant new details about the investigation.

In 1983, Rich was accused of tax evasion and doing business with Iran, which constituted a flagrant violation of the sanctions imposed by the US at the time. He managed to avoid being arrested by fleeing the country until 2001. In 2001, he received a pardon from Bill Clinton, a move that received much criticism and even led to the federal investigation.

Hillary Clinton’s headquarters was surprised by the release of the files while still attempting to curb the effects of Comey’s announcement regarding the renewal of the email investigation against the Democratic presidential nominee. As reported earlier by JOL, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, the Republican presidential nominee is ahead of his Democratic rival.