U.S. Attorney Durham begins looking into handling of Clinton Foundation investigation

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Recent reports have surfaced that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is the man looking into the origins of the infamous Russia probe that was lodged against President Trump, has recently set his sights on the Clinton Foundation.

The details aren’t quite clear yet what Durham is looking for specifically, but the gist is that Durham is looking into how the 2015 investigation of the Clinton Foundation was handled.

But, as mentioned, the scope of this endeavor still isn’t clear as Durham could also be seeing if any stones were left unturned or may have unmentioned leads.

What has been reported thus far is that Durham has been reaching out to law enforcement officials that were tied to the 2015 investigation into the Clinton Foundation and has been asking how exactly that investigation was handled.

Throughout the years, there have been many allegations lodged against the foundation pertaining to possible laws broken, but no indictments have surfaced to date. When speaking to the New York Times, the Clinton Foundation responded to Durham’s sudden interest in the previous probe:

“The Clinton Foundation has regularly been subjected to baseless, politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false.”

Of the investigations into the foundation, with the most recent one having kicked off in 2017 and wrapping up earlier this year, there’s been little found to substantiate possible criminal conduct within the foundation ranks.

But speculation around this new Durham inquiry suggests that the U.S. attorney may be trying to see if there were any parallels in investigative practices toward the Russia conspiracy against President Trump and alleged criminal acts within the Clinton Foundation.

At this point, it’s really too early to call anything on the matter.

There have also been other claims over the years, including that the organization is alleged to have sought donations in exchange for backing the sale of the Canadian company Uranium One, which had links in the U.S., to the Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom.

One of the more-recent scandals tied to the foundation came via a report released in Dec. 2019, on which we at Law Enforcement Today previously reported.

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The Clinton Foundation confirmed that it received a gift of $1 million from Qatar when Hillary Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State without consulting the State Department, despite promising to let the department evaluate current or significantly increased foreign government funding.

The information was revealed after the hacking of John Podesta’s email account and subsequent release of several emails. Podesta was the campaign chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. 

One of the more interesting releases from the email account showed that Qatari officials promised the money in 2011 to celebrate the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, and tried to visit the former U.S. president in person the next year to present him with the donation, according to an email from a foundation representative to Podesta.

To become Secretary of State in 2009, Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing the globe-straddling foundation of her family.

The deal was intended to increase accountability in order to avoid the impression that big donors might influence U.S. foreign policy.

Essentially this agreement was that if officials from a foreign country wanted to donate to the Clinton Foundation, or an existing foreign donor upped their donation amount, Clinton would then notify the State Department’s ethics officials so that the donation could be reviewed for any possible issues.

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Clinton Foundation officials initially declined to confirm the Qatar donation, but finally admitted to its existence.

A foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, said that it did accept the $1 million gift from Qatar, but that the donation did not amount to a “material increase” requiring ethics scrutiny.

So, if $1 million isn’t defined as a “material increase,” what is? Representatives at Qatar’s embassy in Washington and its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, refused to discuss the gift.

While the State Department isn’t saying shame on Clinton, it’s also not throwing a parade for her, either.

The department reported that it does not have a record of the foundation sending the Qatar contribution for examination, and that it was the foundation’s duty to inform the department about contributions that need attention.

A spokeswoman for the department did not answer any further questions about the donation.

As per the charity’s website, which tracks contributors by accumulated sums donated over the years, Qatar’s government has directly given a total of between $1 million and $5 million.

The Clinton Foundation has said that if Clinton were elected president, it would no longer accept money from foreign governments and break off those services that rely on foreign governments.

So now we examine some of these “material increases” that the foundation admitted to having missed.

According to foundation and organization documents, at least eight other countries offered new or increased funding, mostly to finance the foundation’s health project, without consulting the State Department.

These include Algeria, which gave in 2010 for the first time, and the United Kingdom, which between 2009 and 2012 nearly tripled its contributions for the health project to $11.2 million. According to the foundation, instances like that of Algeria were accidentally missed, but the UK’s increase didn’t qualify as a “material increase.”

The foundation refused to explain what kind of rise in foreign government support would have actually prompted the State Department to be contacted for analysis.

Cookstra said the agreement pertaining to reviewing foreign donations was designed to “allow foreign funding for critical Clinton Foundation programs” to continue without disruption.

The State Department had zero records of reviewing any increased donations by officials within foreign governments. When Cookstra was probed about what exactly Qatar was funding within the Clinton Foundation, he simply replied Qatar loved their “overall humanitarian work.”

Outside of dodgy answers about why Qatar loved throwing money at the Clintons, Cookstra declined to say if Qatar gave any money during the first three years of Clinton’s four-year term at the State Department.

Thanks to the Wikileaks email dump, it also proved that Bill Clinton had a lucrative birthday, having raised more than $21 million in 2011 for the foundation. Still, spokespeople for both Bill and Hillary haven’t made any mention about Wild Bill’s 65th birthday donations.

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