Finally, the Justice Department has re-instated the investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities, including pay-to-play exchange, while Hillary Clinton was the U.S. Secretary of State.
According to law enforcement officials -- per The Hill -- agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Little Rock are spearheading the review of the controversial organization that has taken in over $2 billion in its 21 years. At least one witness has been interviewed, and the coming weeks should see additional steps taken.
Officials have stated that the investigation is to determine whether either of the two violations occurred:
• Any party made donations which secured political favor from the Clintons.
• Any party made donations in hopes of securing political favor.
In addition, the examination may also assess whether any laws were broken in the personal or political use of tax-exempt assets.
According to the recently-interviewed witness, the questioning was conducted in an "extremely professional and unquestionably thorough" manner, centering on issues of charitable donors and any favoritism granted them by the Obama administration.
Nick Merrill, Hillary's chief spokesperson deeply criticized the FBI Friday morning, saying the re-opening of the case was "disgraceful," and insinuating that it was a move to distract from questions regarding President Trump and Russia:
"Let’s call this what it is: a sham. This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. 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."
Craig Minassian, spokesperson for the Foundation, asserted:
“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. The Clinton Foundation has demonstrably improved the lives of millions of people across America and around the world while earning top ratings from charity watchdog groups in the process."
Despite Minassian's rosy portrait, media from left to right have, for years, reported on Clinton Foundation donations or speech fees which suspiciously coincided with White House decisions that benefited the donating parties. Author Peter Schweizer provided a particular spotlight on this in his book (and film adaptation) Clinton Cash.
Only time will tell if or how the investigation changes the future of the scandal-ridden Clintons. Hopefully, in this case, the Justice Department will live up to its name.