According to Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of Fox News, the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton includes not just the email scandal, but also a probe into whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws. Herridge and Browne cite “three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record.”
“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said.
The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration.
There is plenty to investigate here. Relying on Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash, we have written about some of it. See here, here, and here (where I predicted, perhaps rashly, that there would be no public corruption charges) just by way of example.
The FBI’s investigation into public corruption by Hillary Clinton reportedly began in April of last year. This was around the time that Schweizer’s book received notice, including by the New York Times and Washington Post.
A dual investigations of these scandals — (1) use of the private server to transmit and receive classified and other sensitive information and (2) corruption in connection with the Clinton Foundation — seems like a formidable task. Herridge and Browne say that approximately 100 FBI special agents are working on the matters and that up to 50 more may have been temporarily assigned.
I just wonder how long the investigations will take, particularly the one into corruption, and how the timetable might mesh with the presidential race.