Federal Bureau of Investigation launches new probe into Clinton Foundation

Federal Bureau of Investigation launches new probe into Clinton Foundation

Federal Bureau of Investigation launches new probe into Clinton Foundation

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2016 that four Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices-including one in Little Rock-were "collecting information about the Clinton Foundation to see if there was evidence of financial crimes or influence-peddling".

The very existence of such a probe will likely lead to accusations from Democrats that the Republican administration is pursuing old, dead cases to punish political enemies.

"The fundamental thing is you cannot be secretary of state of the United States of America and use that position to extort or seek contributions to your private foundation", he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" in 2016.

Various news reports, however, have raised concerns about donations to the Clinton Foundation or speech fees that appeared to come around the time of favorable decisions by the State Department under Clinton's leadership.

During the Obama administration, criminal division leaders at the FBI met with the Justice Department's public integrity section to discuss whether to move forward on full-blown investigations of the foundation, including the ability to subpoena records.

Seven countries, including three Persian Gulf states, donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

While not formally announced by US officials, The Hill first reported the news on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness, followed by CNN and CBS on Friday. Still, the renewed investigation into Clinton's email servers drew praise from Tom Fitton, head of Judicial Watch.

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USA media outlets including the New York Times in recent years have scrutinised the Clinton Foundation.

He also suggested that it was done as nothing more than a distraction from the FBI election tampering and collusion investigation into connections between the Trump administration and Russian Federation.

Trump has publicly toyed with removing Sessions, and he has repeatedly criticized the Justice Department and said his attorney general should look into Clinton and her allies, taking aim most recently at top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill reacted to the news in a statement blasting President Trump for ordering the Department of Justice to go after his enemies and distract from his own scandals and controversies. "This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football".

The Daily Beast noted that the new investigation began before those emails were released.

President Donald Trump has multiple times called for further investigations into Hillary Clinton, who he ran against in the 2016 presidential election. "It continues with (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions doing Trump's bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently". "It's disgraceful, and should be concerning to all Americans".

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