(National Sentinel) Buying Influence: The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation over allegations of “pay for play” while Hillary Clinton was President Obama’s first secretary of state.
Fox News reported Friday that a source familiar with the new probe told the network on Thursday that the investigation is being led by the U.S. attorney and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark., where the foundation began.
The network reported that it had confirmed the existence of the probe.
“Fox News also has learned investigators are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation violated tax law,” the network reported online.
“Accusers of ‘pay to play’ have claimed the foundation promised favors in exchange for donations or pledges of cash or gifts,” it said.
The Hill‘s John Solomon broke the story on Thursday. He noted that FBI and Justice Department officials have already interviewed one witness, and that more activity is scheduled for later this month.
“The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes,” Solomon reported.
The Clintons have faced “pay-to-play” allegations for months, but they and Foundation officials have denied there were any exchanges of political favors for donations.
Donations to the foundation plunged following Clinton’s November 2016 election loss to President Donald J. Trump, falling 42 percent in 2016 from $108 million to $63 million.
The New York Post reported in November that the Justice Department, in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, said it was looking at appointing prosecutors to examine allegations that millions of dollars in donations to the foundation were tied to the Obama administration’s Uranium One deal.
In November, reports noted that the Clintons hid donations from a firm tied to the controversial Uranium One.
Reporters John Solomon and Alisan Spann reported that the Clintons understated donations they received in 2008 and 2016 from a firm hired by a Russian nuclear company involved in the deal.
“As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton greenlighted the Russian purchase of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium assets in the US, at a time when many of the company’s owners had given a combined total of $145 million to the Clinton family charity,” the New York Post reported.
The Hill added: “The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.”
One witness recently interviewed in the newly launched probe described the experience as “very professional and thorough,” The Hill reported. The news site added that the witness said questions were focused on “whether donors to Clinton charitable efforts received any favorable treatment from the Obama administration on a policy decision previously highlighted in media reports.”
Spokespersons for the Clintons and the Foundation called the probe politically motivated.
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