FBI investigating Clinton Foundation: reports

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the foundation of former president Bill Clinton amid pressure from President Donald Trump and allegations of corruption by Republican lawmakers, US media reported Friday. The Hill, a news website covering Congress, CNN and the New York Times all confirmed that Justice Department investigators are looking into issues involving donations to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for political favors while the ex-president’s wife, Hillary Clinton, was secretary of state from 2009-2013. The Justice Department would not confirm the probe, but in November it informed House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was evaluating the need for a probe into a controversial uranium deal that involved a major donor to the foundation. The Clinton Foundation said it had already repeatedly proven such allegations wrong. “Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false. None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people,” Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said in a statement. Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, told The Hill that the probe was “a sham” and said Sessions was “doing Trump’s bidding” by pursuing the case. “This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football,” Merrill said of the foundation. Trump has, via Twitter and in speeches, repeatedly called for the Justice Department to reopen a probe into the private email server of… [Read full story]

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