The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation participated in “pay to play” politics during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State for the Obama administration, according to a Fox News report.
The Trump administration has been pressuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions to re-evaluate whether or not Clinton used her position as Head of the State Department to illegally trade favorable policies in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation.
On Thursday evening, The Hill, which broke the story, stated that the FBI had taken the lead in the investigation. They have interviewed at least one witness, who remains anonymous, in the last month.
The Hill also reported that investigators are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation violated tax law. Some of the accusers claim that the foundation engaged in “pay to play” by promising favors in exchange for donations or pledges of cash. A key piece of evidence is the fact that 17 out of 20 foreign donors received increased arms exports following large donations to the Foundation.
Last year, Congressional Republicans alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues.”
Judicial Watch, the Conservative watchdog group, said that emails from Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s account showed Clinton Foundation donors requesting and receiving favors from the State Department.
President Trump highly criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign after Wikileaks released a payload of emails connecting John Podesta, The Clintons, and Human Abedin in what Trump stated as “illegal activity.”
*This is a developing story; check back for updates.