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The FBI has been quietly investigating the Clinton Foundation for months, reviving a probe that was dialled back during the 2016 election amid tensions between Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the politically charged case, according to people familiar with the matter.
The investigation is being run out of the FBI’s field office in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the foundation has offices in the William J Clinton Presidential Centre, the people said.
Agents are trying to determine if any donations made to the foundation were linked to official acts when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, these people said.
It was not immediately clear what specific donations or interactions agents were scrutinising, and there was some scepticism inside both the Justice Department and the FBI the case would ultimately lead to any charges.
The very existence of such a probe is likely to lead to accusations from Democrats that the Republican administration is pursuing old, dead cases to punish political enemies.
But while the Clinton Foundation investigation was effectively stopped in 2016, that stoppage at the time was described by people familiar with the matter as temporary.
That’s because Justice Department officials were concerned that if details of the probe were to become public, it would appear that investigators were trying to hurt Clinton’s chances in the election.
In a statement, Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said: “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.