(FreedomBeacon.com)- A recent report revealed that, in his role as the Clinton Campaign’s CFO, Biden’s Securities and Exchange Commissioner Gary Gensler had the final approval on the payments made for the now-discredited Steele dossier and some believe this may present a conflict of interest now that the SEC is investigating Donald Trump’s social media firm’s merger request.
According to a report last month from journalist Paul Sperry at RealClearInvestigations, in congressional testimony, it was revealed that the SEC’s Gary Gensler, who in 2016 served as the Clinton Campaign’s chief financial officer, had final approval authority for the payments the campaign made to obtain the garbage dossier.
Sperry also reported that the SEC’s Associate Director of Enforcement, Melissa Hodgman, was married to RussiaGate central player, former FBI official Peter Strzok.
John Solomon from Just The News contacted the Securities and Exchange Commission to determine what, if any, role Gensler and Hodgman have in the SEC investigation into Truth Social or whether they have recused themselves from the inquiry. However, the SEC declined to comment.
In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017, former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta admitted that campaign CFO Gary Gensler was the one who would have approved the payments to law firm Perkins Coie reimbursing the work of Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele.
Earlier this year, the Federal Elections Commission fined both the Clinton campaign and the DNC a total of $113,000 for improperly listing the payments for opposition research as legal expenses.
In a recent interview, former Trump official Kash Patel said the SEC’s investigation into Truth Social’s merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. smacked of politics and called for Gensler and Hodgman to recuse themselves to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
In a statement last week, Trump Media and Technology Group, the parent company of Truth Social, urged the SEC to stop delaying the approval of the merger, suggesting the delay was political.