Corruption, pay for play at center of reopened FBI probe of Clinton Foundation

As reported by multiple media outlets, the FBI is currently investigating potential corruption violations at the Clinton Foundation.

At issue for the FBI is whether the charity run by the couple engaged in any pay-for-play while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

Although details were scarce and sources refused to elaborate on specifics of the probe, it was confirmed the investigation is led by the FBI office in Little Rock, Ark., and the inquiry has been ongoing for several months.

According to sources, witnesses have been questioned, but names and the direction of the probe remain unknown.  Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill has dismissed the new inquiry as a “sham,” while foundation representative Craig Minassian says the federal probe is “politically motivated”.

“This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football,” said Merrill. “It began with a now long-debunked project spearheaded by Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with Jeff Sessions doing Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently.”

Conceived in 1997 and officially founded in 2001 shortly after former President Clinton left office, the Clinton Foundation is a non-profit charity of which its offshoots focus on multitude of global health, climate, and anti-poverty programs.

Since its creation, the charity has raised over $2 billion in funds, but has often found itself at the center of controversy.  As early as 2011, questions surrounding the organizations utterly chaotic finances emerged and were followed by watchdog group Charity Navigator placing the foundation on its watch list over the charity’s questionable structure and practices.

It was later revealed, to the embarrassment of the Clintons and the charity, a majority of funds raised went to overhead and not to charitable grants or endeavors.

It was, however, persistent questions over the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) which raised the greatest concerns.  Hatched in 2005, the expressed goal of the Clinton Foundation biggest byproduct was to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

It was later revealed CGI chiefly functioned as social gatherings in which the Clintons brokered introductions between foreign donors and charitable organizations.  The disclosure invited criticism from the Clintons’ political enemies that the charity operated more as a slush fund to finance Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

It was later revealed many foreign donors would eventually have business in front of the State Department while Hillary Clinton served at Foggy Bottom.  Almost immediately following Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election, CGI was shuttered.

Despite its closure, questions persisted throught the 2016 presidential election cycle and its aftermath whether the FBI conducted a thorough probe of the charity and the Clintons.

The FBI had no comment on the news reports of its new probe of the charity.

 

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