NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are hiding more than a dozen of their Whitewaters business deals and other controversies from public view.
The former first lady, secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential candidate has resisted publicizing the deals or even sharing her financial records since resigning from the public office in 2016, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.
They say Clinton has been avoiding the topic for months as she battles health problems and her legal troubles.
In an effort to protect her health, Clinton has kept mum on her dealings in the Whitewater land deal business, including the $850,000 fee paid by a former Clinton-associated company in the deal.
The deal in question, O’Melveny & Myers, was a real estate development company owned by a man named Richard T. Woodrow that was owned by Woodrow and his wife, Mary Jo.
According to documents reviewed by The Associated Press, the Clinton-owned company paid the $650,000 upfront fee to the federal government to cover the costs of its purchase of the properties.
While there is no evidence that the Clintons had any knowledge that the real estate developer paid the fee, the White House did not respond to requests for comment.
Aides to Clinton declined to comment on the nature of the transactions and how much the former president has concealed.
The Whitewater deal is one of dozens of Whitewater deals that the former first family and their business partners have used to skirt federal disclosure requirements, according and others.
They have also used a series of Whitewalls to dodge disclosure rules designed to protect their personal finances, said former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
One of the most notable was the sale of a house on the Upper East Side in Manhattan in 2005.
The buyer, a real-estate developer, and the Clintons paid a $7.5 million fee to federal regulators to buy the house and never disclosed the payment to the public.
Clinton has been criticized by conservative watchdog groups and others for not revealing the Whitewalks, which they say provide a window into her financial dealings, including payments to her longtime partner, the real-tor Sidney Blumenthal, and to a foundation connected to the Clintons.
But in the past two years, the Clintons have come under fire for their own financial dealings.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly suggested that Clinton had engaged in illegal payments to former president Bill Clinton’s wife, former President Hillary Clinton, and their close associates.
On Wednesday, the former President defended his wife’s dealings, telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe that she “didn’t want to be a public shill for” her husband.
“I think that she is very self-deprecating, and I think that’s part of what she’s good at,” Trump said.
“And I think it’s a very good thing that she did.”
The Clintons have been criticized for their financial secrecy, too, and some former officials have suggested the Clintons’ use of Whitwalls may have contributed to the 2016 election.
For years, Bill Clinton has avoided answering questions about Whitwashes, according.
And in recent months, the AP reported that the FBI had requested the former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal email account to conduct an investigation into the Whitwals.
The email account was set up in January 2016, less than two months before the Whitwalks were sold.
Podesta’s account was later shut down, and he is now the subject of an FBI investigation into potential corruption.
In a statement, the FBI said it has launched an investigation after learning of the alleged misconduct of its former employees and is reviewing information about former campaign officials and others who may have been involved in the campaign’s fundraising.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month about the Clinton emails.
He said the FBI has “received reports of a potential bias against President Trump in the 2016 U.S. election by the Democratic National Committee.”