Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

The new investigation into Clinton Foundation has one major problem

The new investigation into Clinton Foundation has one major problem

The U.S. Justice Department has renewed its investigation into the Clinton Foundation, amid ongoing allegations of corruption.

The investigation is reportedly being led by FBI agents from Little Rock, Arkansas, where the foundation was founded.

Nick Merrill, Clinton's chief spokesman, slammed the FBI's decision to re-open the case as "disgraceful", contending it is a distraction from collusion allegations facing Trump.

A representative for the foundation dismissed the substance of the allegations as unfounded. Under the Obama administration, the FBI received pushback on the probe from the Justice Department to stop the investigation.

The revelation comes as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have been urging the Justice Department to look into corruption allegations involving the foundation.

"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", he continued.

Critics have accused the Clinton family of using the foundation to enrich themselves and give donors special access to the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

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Yet the current inquiry into the Clinton Foundation is, at least in part, a continuation of a probe that originated before the 2016 presidential election.

In my opinion, success in bringing the principals of these scandals to justice depends on how soon the Trump administration can clean out the corrupt officials that inhabit the highest levels of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. In November, the Justice Department wrote that Sessions would direct senior prosecutors to look into the cases about which they raised concerns and hinted that some might already be under investigation.

A foundation spokesperson told the Hill that the charity would not be distracted from its philanthropic work.

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. He told Fox News, "This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football". It began with a long-debunked project spearheaded by (former Trump adviser) Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign.

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

However, the inquiry will be welcomed by President Trump, who has frequently called for investigations against the former secretary of state, whom he calls "crooked Hillary".

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