The Justice Department has launched another investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used “pay to play” politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state.
Sources close to the investigation say the probe, led by the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark., has been ongoing for months. Investigators have already conducted multiple interviews associated with the probe.
Investigators are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation violated tax law. Accusers of “pay to play” have claimed the foundation promised favors in exchange for donations or pledges of cash or gifts.
The Hill, which broke the story Thursday evening, added that FBI agents have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month.
FBI agents from Little Rock, where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in coming weeks.
The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any favors in return for donations to their “charitable efforts” or made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.
Several GOP members of Congress have recently urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to look at the myriad of issues surrounding the Clintons. Justice officials sent a letter to Congress in November suggesting some of those issues were being re-examined, but Sessions later testified the appointment of a special prosecutor required a high legal bar that had not yet been met.
Officials also said the Justice Department was 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. Former FBI Director James Comey in 2016 concluded Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling that classified information and that there was some evidence of legal violations but he declined to recommend charges on the grounds that he could not improve Clinton and her top aides intended to break the law.
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— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 5, 2018