According to an official with insight into the matter, the Clinton Foundation, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable organization, is being actively investigated by federal authorities, including the FBI, on allegations of corruption. The efforts focus on whether donors were promised special access to Hillary, during her time as Secretary of State, or policy favors in exchange for donations.
The investigation is being led by the FBI field office located in Little Rock, Arkansas, with oversight being provided by the state’s US attorney’s office, according to a report by CNN.
Along with the allegations of promising policy favors and special access, the investigation is also examining whether tax-exempt funds were used improperly.
At this time, it is unclear regarding whether any new evidence spurred the latest investigation after the original inquiry stalled prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Craig Minassian, a representative for the Clinton Foundation, responded to the allegations, asserting they were unfounded.
“Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false,” said Minassian. “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.
“There are real issues in our society needing attention that the Clinton Foundation works hard to solve every day,” he continued. “So, we’re going to stay focused on what really matters.”
President Donald Trump has frequently called for investigations into Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, which has garnered support from some Republican lawmakers while others, along with many Democrats, have questioned whether Trump’s requests ignore customary norms regarding the independence of Justice Department investigations.
For some lawmakers, these concerns were bolstered by a recent tweet where Trump called for Huma Abedin, a Clinton Aid, to be jailed for allegedly sending login information related to government email accounts to personal email addresses.
Trump stated, “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”