FBI Opens New Investigation Into Clinton Foundation

Hoang Dinh Nam—AFP

He said Attorney General Jeff Sessions was doing President Trump's bidding to distract from the Russian Federation probe.

At least one witness has been interviewed in recent weeks, according to the news site.

As recently as last month, Trump to seized on McCabe's role in the Clinton inquiry and his wife's political bid, noting that Jill McCabe received almost $470,000 from a political action committee associated with Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Trump has repeatedly called for an investigation into Clinton, her aides and the foundation, harping on Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not taking action.

CNN reported in November 2016 that FBI agents had opened preliminary inquiries into whether there had been any impropriety in the foundation's dealings with donors, causing tensions within the bureau and the Justice Department.

Various unnamed sources are telling CNN, The Washington Post and other national news outlets that the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation.


Federal authorities are actively investigating allegations of corruption related to the Clinton Foundation, the charity of Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a USA official briefed on the matter. There were also concerns within the Justice Department about the close proximity to the election, CNN reported at the time. In 2016, Justice Department prosecutors rejected a request from FBI agents to expand and intensify the foundation investigation, these people said.

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

The investigation, according to the news outlet, is focused on whether the Clintons promised or made policy favors in exchange for donations to their charitable efforts, as well as whether donors contributed in hopes of obtaining certain government outcomes.

But Mr Sessions at the time told a Senate hearing there was no basis to appoint a special counsel to investigate the "Uranium One" sale.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Ms Clinton, said the probe's goal was to "distract from the indictments, guilty pleas, and accusations of treason from [US President Donald] Trump's own people at the expense of our justice system's integrity. It's disgraceful and should be concerning to all Americans".

The Clinton Foundation has raised billions of dollars since it was formed and generally receives high marks from philanthropy watchdog organizations.

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