President Trump did say several days ago that we’re to “Keep an eye out, there will be a lot of things coming out in the next 40 days… BIG things.” It looks like it too with these and other recent revelations.
John Durham, the federal prosecutor reviewing the FBI’s Russia investigation for Attorney General William Barr, has sought information about the bureau’s handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a recent report from The New York Times no less.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Times reported Thursday that Durham has pursued documents and interviews about how federal authorities handled a probe into allegations of corruption at the charity of Bill and Hillary Clinton specifically.
Durham was tapped by Barr last year to examine the origins of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, but Thursday’s report from the Times suggests the scope of Durham’s investigation is much broader than first assumed.
According to the Times, Durham’s team suggested to others that they’re looking at whether the investigators in the Russia probe flouted laws or policies — and that they were comparing the FBI Russia probe to the Clinton Foundation investigation.
The Times noted that it’s unclear if Durham’s team was looking for similar violations in the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation. The newspaper also said it was not clear whether the comparison between the two FBI investigations would weigh into the outcome of Durham’s inquiry for AG Barr.
Former law enforcement officials declined to discuss the charity investigation with Durham’s team, because they viewed it as highly unusual, according to the Times.
A spokesman for Durham declined to comment to the Times.
The Clinton Foundation told the Times in a statement that it has been “regularly been subjected to baseless, politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false.” FACT CHECK: Not true. Every time the Clinton Foundation has been looked at time and time again for numerous counts of large scale human trafficking operations, countless murders and many other high crimes utilizing their facilitators all over the globe, the Clinton Foundation simply makes a statement as they did here touting almost verbatim, “baseless, politically motivated allegations” and that always seems to be the end of it… until now perhaps.
Ahead of the 2016 election, FBI agents from four field offices had opened preliminary inquiries into whether there had been any impropriety in the Clinton Foundation’s dealings with donors.
They sought to get permission to formally conduct investigations, including the ability to subpoena records, causing tensions within the bureau and the Justice Department, numerous mainstream news outlets have previously reported.
Justice officials declined to give the authorization for overt investigative techniques, citing a lack of sufficient evidence and concerns about the close proximity to the election.
CNN even reported back in 2018 that the FBI and federal prosecutors began actively investigating whether Clinton Foundation donors were improperly promised policy favors or special access to Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state in exchange for donations to the charity, as well as whether tax-exempt funds were misused.
The Times reported that the charity was served in 2018 with a grand jury subpoena for foundation records and compiled.
As we all know, President Donald Trump, along with Republicans and many others have accused the Clinton’s and their Clinton Foundation of being a corrupt and opaque institution, countless murders while the foundation has always rejected the “pay-for-play” accusations. Keep in mind those are all private allegations against the Clintons and their companies. None of that would have to do with Benghazi, or the rest of the heinous acts she’s committed as Secretary of State.
Congressional Democrats have raised concerns over Durham’s investigation of course, questioning whether it’s being misused for political purposes. Which seems to be standard operating procedure to support the next “baseless, politically motivated allegations” response from the Clinton’s or the Foundation. Right?
It has been “inferred” by many including President Trump in recent days that “A great many things will soon be brought to light… in the next 40 days.” When asked immediately to comment further on that, the President replied, “You’ll find out”.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett, Evan Perez and Nicole Gaouette contributed to this report.