FBI Investigating Clinton Foundation
The FBI is conducting an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and whether any donations made to the foundation are tied to actions carried out by the U.S. government, CBS News' Andres Triay has confirmed.
NEW: FBI is conducting probe of Clinton Foundation and whether donations made to the Foundation can be tied to any actions carried out by U.S. government, CBS News has learned— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 5, 2018
The investigation is not new and has been underway for at least a few months, and it is separate from the investigation the FBI led on the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state.
"We don't confirm or deny ongoing investigations," the DOJ told CBS News in a request for comment.
President Trump has repeatedly urged the Justice Department to take a look at the Clintons, sometimes publicly chastising the DOJ and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter.
Asked about the existence of the Clinton Foundation probe on "Fox and Friends" Friday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it "good news."
"I think that's good news," Sanders said. "Certainly I think there have been a lot of things that give us cause for concern. I think it's a great thing that it's being looked at. And we'll have to wait and see what happens. but there's certainly been a lot of information out there that I think gives all of us cause for concern and I think it's important that they are finally taking a look at it and we'll see what comes from it."
The Clinton Foundation's chief communications officer, Craig Minassian, issued a statement about the investigation.
"Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false," he wrote. "None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people."
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a key critic of the Clintons in Congress, said on Fox News Friday he thought the investigation was prompted, at least in part, by pressure from him, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other conservatives in Congress.
"I would argue that is all happening because we have been on them and Chairman Nunes has been on them to do their job," Jordan said, adding that this is a "come to Jesus" moment for the DOJ.