Prosecutor reviewing Mueller investigation also looking into FBI handling of Clinton Foundation allegations
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The prosecutor appointed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to review the Mueller Russia investigation is also looking into how the FBI dealt with allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation, the Hill reported Thursday. US Attorney John Durham reportedly requested documents and interviews related to the Bureau’s investigation of the non-profit led by former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, sources told the New York Times.
According to Times sources, Durham is comparing the FBI probe into allegations of bribery at the Clinton Foundation with the Mueller investigation into possible collusion with Russia by President Trump’s 2016 campaign. For their part, congressional Democrats have called for an investigation of Durham’s review, to ensure that it is “free from political influence,” the Times said.
“Mr. Durham’s team members have suggested to others that they are comparing the two investigations as well as examining whether investigators in the Russia inquiry flouted laws or policies,” the Times reported. “It was not clear whether Mr. Durham’s investigators were similarly looking for violations in the Clinton Foundation investigation, nor whether the comparison would be included or play a major role in the outcome of Mr. Durham’s inquiry.”
Sources involved with the investigation have suggested there may be a political motive for the “unusual” request by Durham, the Hill reports. Confirming concerns about bias, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in statement last month: “There was a clear double standard by the Department of Justice and F.B.I. when it came to the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016.”
Durham’s investigation has already resulted in the arrest of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded guilty to falsifying a document to justify surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser as part of the 2016 investigation, the Hill reported.
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