Skip to comments.John Durham reviewing FBI handling of Clinton Foundation investigation
Posted on 09/24/2020 12:24:19 PM PDT by Red Badger
U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the handling of the FBIs investigation of possible bribery and pay-to-play at the Clinton Foundation as part of his broader inquiry of the Trump-Russia investigators, according to a new report.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Durham has sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation into allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation, founded by former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Durham was picked by Attorney General William Barr in 2019 to investigate the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation, and the outlet said that Durhams team members have suggested to others that they are comparing the two investigations. The article claimed that it was not clear whether Mr. Durhams investigators were similarly looking for violations in the Clinton Foundation investigation."
Durhams office declined the Washington Examiners request for comment. The Clinton Foundation told the New York Times that it has regularly been subjected to baseless, politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false.
Barr has denied that he is being pressured by President Trump in his handling of Durhams inquiry and claimed that any actions taken won't affect the 2020 election. House and Senate Democrats have called for the Justice Department's independent watchdog to investigate Durhams work.
After Robert Mueller was appointed in 2017 to look into the Russia matter, Republicans called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Clinton-related controversies. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions tasked U.S. Attorney John Huber of Utah in November 2017 to investigate issues including the FBI's corruption investigation into the 2010 Uranium One deal and allegations that Clinton orchestrated a "quid pro quo." The sale of Uranium One, a Canada-based company with U.S. mine holdings, to Russian state-owned Rosatom was the focus of scrutiny from Republicans who claimed Clinton may have helped coax the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States not to block the deal and that the Clinton Foundation may have stood to benefit.
Barr told CBSs Jan Crawford in May 2019 that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Durham had taken over much of Hubers inquiry. Barr said that the other issues [Huber has] been working on relate to Hillary Clinton are "winding down and hopefully we'll be in a position to bring those to fruition. Crawford asked Barr if now Durham is going to pick up this Huber inquiry, and Barr said, Yes, right. Huber's inquiry did not lead to any "known impacts," according to a Washington Post report in January. Fox News reported Thursday that "parts of what Huber was investigating in 2017 involving the Clinton Foundation have been incorporated in Durhams investigation."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said in August that there was a clear double standard by the Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley told Fox News in April 2019 that if the Democrats want to be consistent, they'll have to treat Clinton, Uranium One, and Russia-related investigations the same.
Trump repeatedly invoked allegations of Clinton corruption as part of his Crooked Hillary mantra in 2016, and he has continued to tweet about the Clinton Foundation as president, calling it corrupt and disgusting as he lamented that the Clinton Foundation was never even looked at by the New York attorney general and pushed for Sessions to investigate.
Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, examined the Clinton Foundation matter for his 2015 book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
The Clintons often take money from foreign entities. And that money, donated to the Clinton Foundation or paid in speaking fees, comes in amounts much larger than any campaign contribution, Schweizer wrote, adding, As a result, the Clintons have become exceedingly wealthy. The big question is whether taking such money constitutes a transaction. The Clintons would undoubtedly argue that it does not. The evidence in this book suggests otherwise.
The New York Times report Thursday said that Clinton Cash caught the attention of FBI agents, who viewed some of its contents as additional justification to obtain a subpoena for foundation records, but former officials said top Justice Department officials denied a request in 2016 from senior FBI managers in Washington to secure a subpoena. The outlet said that the decision frustrated some agents who believed they had enough evidence beyond the book, including a discussion that touched on the foundation and was captured on a wiretap in an unrelated investigation.
Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok testified to Congress in June 2018 that the FBI "did not have access" to Clinton Foundation emails that were on Clinton's private server because of a consent agreement "negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton."
Horowitz released a report in 2018 detailing multiple instances in which former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor in communicating with FBI Director James Comey, FBI investigators, and inspector general investigators about his authorization to leak sensitive information to the Wall Street Journal that revealed the existence of an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018.
Horowitz wrote that McCabes actions were designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership and an attempt to make himself look good. McCabe denies wrongdoing and is suing the Justice Department for wrongful termination.
The Justice Department announced in February it would not be pursuing criminal charges against McCabe.
The New York Times reported in January 2018 that FBI agents had renewed questions about the dealings of the Clinton Foundation." The outlet said Thursday that the Clinton Foundation case sputtered until Mr. Trump was elected," citing sources who said that in early 2018 the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Patrick Harris, issued a grand jury subpoena for foundation records.
Durham may release an interim report on his investigation prior to the 2020 election.
Wake me when arrests are made... maybe sometime in 2025...
Let me be the first, all investigation, no accountability.
The FBI and Intel are under the microscope I wish Durham would get a move on!!!
LOL. All you can do is laugh at this campaign season red meat tossed to GOP voters. Does the GOPe really think we’re that stupid?
It does not in the least stretch credulity to infer that Clinton Foundation funds purchased the Steele dossier.
Ooooo he’s “reviewing” it! I hope the Clintons don’t expire from fear.
Durham is mocking us now it all of his stupid pointless endless REVIEWING.
Hey, if they can go after Steve Bannon for chump change, then it’s only fair game to go after the clinton foundation and the Haiti scam.
More Hardline Dem Prosecutors, gee, I wonder why they keep sitting on the case and doing nothing?
Run out the Clock.
“Does the GOPe really think were that stupid?”
I fully agree!
Durham and Barr's choice:
Work fast to finish their long time investigation.
Watch tens of millions of non-Marxist, non-Dems who love this country become outraged and disdainful of the two tiered system of justice (Dems skate;conservatives go to prison). Followed by pushback against BLM. And vigilantism to replace "no arrests were made" and "police were standing down."
They have a short time left----due to their procrastination.
These endless investigations with no indictments are actually making things worse. Send Durham home now. He's cried wolf too long and is actually acting as cover for democrat corruption. They brake the law, everbody sees it, Durham investigates and finds nothing, clearing the democrats for their next crime. Wash rinse repeat.
Send him home now.
Hold on things are really moving now./S
My sources on the inside say indictments are going out any day now. Arrests are imminent. Tick Tock. Boom. BOMBSHELL.
You don’t want to miss tomorrows show when we will once again pretend that something is going to happens.
text me when arrests are made.
I can hear Hannity all breathless yelling this is a bombshell
“..Wake me when arrests are made...”
Yep. Same here. We all know it will NEVER happen.
These folks have “D”s after their names. They’re exempt from laws, scandals, etc. Especially the Clintonians. The Toons are untouchable and have been for years and years.
Whadda fricken’ farce.
We’ve just got to reelect McConnell and Graham. That will allow Durham time to finish his “investigations” and roll out his indictments of the coupists. /s
Better FOUR EFFING YEARS late than never...
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