The FBI and the Justice Department have begun a new investigation into charges that the Clinton Foundation took money in exchange for favors while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, The Hill reported late Thursday.
For years, critics have charged that the Obama Justice Department looked the other way into the influence peddling and “pay for play” tactics employed by the Clinton Foundation. The organization took in millions from foreign governments and individuals, and it is suspected that Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to benefit those donors in government dealings.
The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used “pay to play” politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, Fox News has confirmed.
A source familiar with the investigation told Fox News late Thursday the investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark.
Fox News also has learned investigators are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation violated tax law. Accusers of “pay to play” have claimed the foundation promised favors in exchange for donations or pledges of cash or gifts.
The Hill, which broke the story Thursday evening, added that FBI agents have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month.
The witness said that agents inquired specifically about donations to Clinton entities and official government actions during Clinton’s leadership of the State Department under President Obama, according to the Hill.
The Hill reported that law enforcement officials said there will be “additional activities” relating to the investigation in the coming weeks.
Spokespeople for Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation did not immediately respond to the Hill’s requests for comment.