Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being investigated for the first time since leaving office.
The new investigation is being launched by Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, reports The Daily Caller, which is the source for much of the information on which Grassley is basing his investigation.
The Iowa Republican has long been a Clinton opposer. In 2016, he accused the Clinton Foundation of corruption and attempted to persuade Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the FBI to take action.
The current investigation involves Clinton’s alleged effort to thwart a Bangladesh government corruption probe of Clinton Foundation donor Muhammad Yunus, who is also a close friend of the Clintons.
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Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for inventing "micro-credit" lending, which provides business loans for poor peasants -- and poor women in particular. However, it is reported that investigations into him began when he was accused of diverting $100 million meant for Grameen Bank and programs for the poor into his own interests. Because of this information, he was stripped of his position as director of the Grameen Bank.
On June 1, Grassley wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson charging that Clinton sent top U.S. diplomats to pressure Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina and her son, Sajeeb Wazed, in an effort to kill that country’s corruption investigation of Yunus and the state-owned Grameen Bank, as reported in May by The Daily Caller. He also repeated The Daily Caller's charge that Clinton threatened Wazed with an IRS tax audit if his mother did not cease the investigation.
The publication reports that Wazed has actually lived in the United States for 17 years.
Summarizing the implications of the charges, Grassley wrote to Tillerson:
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If the Secretary of State used her position to intervene in an independent investigation by a sovereign government simply because of a personal and financial relationship stemming from the Clinton Foundation rather than the legitimate foreign policy interests of the United States, then that would be unacceptable…. Co-mingling her official position as Secretary of State with her family foundation would be similarly inappropriate. It is vital to determine whether the State Department had any role in the threat of an IRS audit against the son of the Prime Minister in retaliation for this investigation.
Grassley's 31-page letter includes 28 pages of heavily-redacted State Department emails. In the letter, Grassely requests of Tillerson: "Please provide unredacted copies of all State Department emails attached to this letter."