Report: FBI Investigating Clinton Foundation

| by Ray Brown
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Multiple FBI investigations into the Clinton Foundation are currently ongoing, according to a former senior law enforcement official and reported by The Daily Caller.

It's not yet clear what the investigations are about, but recent news articles have pointed to the possibility that, during her time as Secretary of State, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used her role in public office as a way to award Clinton Foundation donors with access to powerful government figures.

A new batch of Clinton's Secretary of State emails were released by the State Department Aug. 9 as a result of a lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch. And The New York Times reported that some of those emails indicated a possible “pay for play” scenario.

In 2009, a Lebanese billionaire who donated millions to the Clinton Foundation contacted went through a Clinton Foundation employee to contact the State Department for a face-to-face meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. It's not clear if such a meeting took place and, if it did, whether it was the result of the billionaire's generous donations. But the report demonstrated that donors have sought favors from the State Department and were taken seriously by high-level officials.

Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, told The New York Times that “the State Department and the Clinton Foundation worked hand in hand in terms of policy and donor effort.”

This, he alleges, happened despite the fact that Clinton vowed to recuse herself from Clinton Foundation activity as she served as Secretary of State to avoid conflicts of interest, or at least the appearance of such.

The FBI has already cleared Clinton of criminal wrongdoing after refusing to recommend charges be filed for her mishandling of classified emails via a private server built inside her home while she was Secretary of State.

After FBI Director James Comey made the announcement on July 5, he was asked to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

During that hearing, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah asked Comey if “the Clinton Foundation was tied into this investigation.”

“I’m not going to answer that,” Comey replied, according to The New York Times.

Sources: The Daily Caller, The New York Times (2)/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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