The FBI referred to the investigation as “sensitive investigation concerning possible public corruption surrounding the pardons granted by former president William Clinton.”
The largely redacted report brings attention to former Attorney General Eric Holder's role in the Clinton pardons of Marc Rich and Pincus Green.
The FBI documents also point to a series of donations from Marc Rich to the Democratic Party and Clinton Foundation as a motivation for the last minute presidential pardons.
The FBI documents refer to Rich as "a fugitive of the Department of Justice" at the time of the pardon.
Rich and his partner, Pincus Green, (also pardoned), were indicted in the SDNY in September 1983, for numerous charges: including mail fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion, and racketeering," the report said.
The U.S. Federal Prosecutor and future mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, filed the indictment for Marc Rich at the time.
“Shortly after Rich and Green were indicted, the pair fled to Switzerland, where they have lived in exile and have remained fugitives," the FBI report stated.
Marc Rich and his wife donated $450,000 to the fledgling Clinton Library and over $1 million to Democratic campaigns in the Clinton era.
“[redacted] has been a major political donor to the Democratic Party, and these donations may have been intended to influence the fugitive's pardon.”
“Public records also indicate that [redacted] contributed approximately [redacted] to the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, a foundation to support the Clinton library," the report noted.
Marc Rich offers an early example of pay-to-play politics, which enriched the Clintons after they left the White House.
“It wasn’t worth the damage to my reputation," Bill Clinton later said about the pardon.
Holder was one of the few names not redacted in the files released this week.
“Former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder previously testified on February 8, 2001 at the House Government Reform Committee hearing that he was the only person at DOJ notified of the pardon sought by Rich," the FBI reported.
The FBI highlights how the pardon was criticized for bypassing the established process of legal review.
“On February 14, 2001, U.S. Pardon Attorney Roger Adams testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that with respect to Rich and Green, 'none of the regular procedures were followed'.”
Holder admitted to maintaining direct contact with Rich’s attorney.
“Rich's attorney, Mr. Quinn, testified that Mr. Holder advised him to go straight to the White House rather than through the pardon office, which is the regular procedure," according to Congressional Records of Holder's confirmation hearing.
“Mr. Quinn produced an e-mail from himself to a colleague with the subject line 'Eric', in which he noted that 'he says go straight to the WH, also says timing is good. We should get it in soon'."
The Senate learned critical details of Holder's role in negotiating the unethical pardon for Marc Rich, but Holder still received the reigns of the Justice Department.
At the same hearing, FBI Director James Comey told senators of Eric Holder's connection to the Rich pardons as they approved Obama's appointment for attorney general.
“In 2003, I became Deputy Attorney General, the job Mr. Holder had at the time of the pardons," Comey said.
“From that experience, I have come to believe that Mr. Holder's role in the Rich and Green pardons was a huge misjudgment, one for which he has, appropriately, paid dearly in reputation."
The FBI focused on the lack of standard procedure as the primary criticism of the presidential pardon.
Eric Holder, and only Eric Holder, gave a quick review to approve the pardon.
The FBI not only released the documents at the final stage of the general election, but there also appears to be a struggle between the FBI and Justice Department.
As many have speculated, Clinton's pardon appears to be one of many motivations behind it.
Last week, the Department of Justice attempted to block James Comey from making his announcement on the private server investigation.
As the FBI continues releasing sensitive documents, the Clintons and Democratic Party continue waging a war against the bureau for exposing their corruption at an inconvenient time.