US Attorney John Durham has opened a separate investigation into the FBI’s previous handling of the investigation of possible corruption in the Clinton Foundation.
Supporters of President Trump, who believe that the investigations into his alleged foreign collusion with Russia were politically motivated, are hopeful that Durham’s investigation will show that the Russian collusion investigation was intended to sabotage Trump’s campaign and his ensuing presidency.
This review into the investigation is part of an ongoing effort on Durham’s part to get to the bottom of what went on in the Trump-Russia collusion investigations that ended up finding no collusion.
According to The New York Times, The US Attorney “has sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation … into allegations of political corruption,” and that “Durham’s team members have suggested to others that they are comparing the two investigations.” However, “it was not clear whether Mr. Durham’s investigators were similarly looking for violations in the Clinton Foundation investigation.”
Allegations against the Clinton Foundation have been circulating over the past several years. Peter Schweizer wrote a book about the foundation in 2015, in his qualification as president of the Government Accountability institute, called Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
A passage from the introduction to Schweizer’s book reads, “The Clintons .… often take money from foreign entities. And that money, donated to the Clinton Foundation or paid in speaking fees, comes in amounts much larger than any campaign contribution. As a result, the Clintons have become exceedingly wealthy. The big question is whether taking such money constitutes a transaction. The Clintons would undoubtedly argue that it does not. The evidence in this book suggests otherwise.”
This latest investigation by Durham aims to correct possible injustices regarding how the Clinton investigations were handled, compared to the investigations trying to link Trump to the Russian government in 2016.
The Times article further claims that “top Justice Department officials denied a request in 2016 from senior FBI managers in Washington to secure a subpoena.” The outlet said that “the decision frustrated some agents who believed they had enough evidence beyond the book, including a discussion that touched on the foundation and was captured on a wiretap in an unrelated investigation.”
A spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation told the Times that the organization “has regularly been subjected to baseless, politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false.”