Law enforcement officials and a witness have told The Hill that the Justice Department has apparently launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.
As the investigation into wrongdoing between Donald Trump and Russia tightens coincidentally FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have opened a brand new investigation and already interviewed at least one witness in the last month.
The law enforcement officials stated in the report that additional activities are expected in coming weeks.
The unnamed officials said the probe was examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for contributions to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.
The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.
The witness who was interviewed by the FBI described the session to The Hill as focused on questions about whether donors to Clinton charitable efforts received any favorable treatment from the Obama administration and on government decisions and discussions of donations to Clinton entities during the time Hillary Clinton led President Obama's State Department.
Hillary Clinton's chief spokesman Nick Merrill on Friday morning excoriated the FBI for re-opening the case, calling the probe "disgraceful" and suggesting it was nothing more than a political distraction from President Trump's Russia controversies...
"Let’s call this what it is: a sham. This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a now long-debunked project spearheaded by Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with Jeff Sessions doing Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently."
Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said in response to the investigation...
“Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false. None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people. The Clinton Foundation has demonstrably improved the lives of millions of people across America and around the world while earning top ratings from charity watchdog groups in the process."
This renewed focus on the Clinton Foundation follows last years promise to Congress from top Trump Justice Department officials that law enforcement would revisit some of the investigations and legal issues closed during the Obama years that conservatives felt were not properly investigated.
It also follows months of relentless criticism on Twitter from Trump, who has repeatedly questioned why no criminal charges were ever filed against the “crooked” Clintons and their "fund-raising machine" (otherwise known as a CHARITY!).
So, in other words, they are reopening closed cases in order to muddy the waters surrounding the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into wrongdoing by Donald Trump and Russia involving the 2016 presidential election
This FBI investigation is being dialed up just as the Justice Department has begun re-examining whether there are any unresolved issues from the closed case into Hillary Clinton's transmission of classified information through her personal email server.
Interestingly, the article by The Hill brought up the fact that, even if the simultaneous investigations did happen to turn up some evidence against Clinton the statute of limitations on most federal felonies is five years... Clinton left office in early 2013.
The initial Clinton Foundation probe dates back to 2015, when the FBI began looking at people who made donations to the charity and in 2016, prosecutors with the Justice Department rejected a request from the FBI to expand the investigation.
By the way...
Mueller can't bring charges soon enough.