The FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are scrutinizing Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker’s personal finances, including stock transactions involving one of the nation’s top developers of shopping centers and malls, according to multiple sources familiar with the probe.
Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and a potential vice presidential pick, failed to report millions of dollars in assets and income on his annual financial disclosure until The Wall Street Journal revealed the discrepancy last fall. In the wake of that report, Corker was forced to revise years’ worth of disclosure reports.
Corker denies any wrongdoing in how he has conducted his personal finances. Approached in the Capitol on Tuesday, he declined to comment when asked if he had been contacted by federal investigators and said his office would provide a statement on the matter.
A Corker spokeswoman blamed a watchdog group, Campaign for Accountability, for filing a complaint with the SEC last year that led to the current federal probe that has ensnared the Tennessee Republican.
“A politically motivated special interest group that refuses to disclose its donors continues to make baseless charges against Senator Corker, and we know that any effort to examine his actions will result in their smear campaign being discredited,” said Micah Johnson, Corker’s spokeswoman.
It’s usually Democrats who complain about special interest groups that don’t disclose donor lists but, hey, why pretend there is a difference between the parties this year, right?
This may very well be a whole lot of nothing given the fact that the original WaPo reporting on it happened last fall. This fresh information may feature “multiple sources” but they are all anonymous. The one difference that will remain between Democrats and Republicans is that the media hacks will always scrutinize Republicans more. Hillary Clinton could be doing live human sacrifices at her events and the press would call you sexist for pointing out that people are dying. If a Republican slightly screws up his Windsor knot one morning the MSM takes that as a sign that there may be some “irregularities” worth probing.
There is also the very real possibility that Trump wouldn’t be deterred even if Corker’s financial problems were legit. As I’ve mentioned before, Trump isn’t running away from negatives, he’s making a campaign out of them.
Rest assured that you will hear far more about Bob Corker and the FBI in the next few days than you will about Hillary Clinton and the Bureau.