Earlier this week, it was reported by The Hill, that the FBI had opened a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The purpose of this investigation was allegedly to determine whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.
The FBI Field Office in Little Rock, Arkansas has taken the lead in the investigation, because the Clinton Foundation was started in Arkansas.
Agents in charge have already interviewed one witness, and are expecting more activities to happen in the coming weeks.
Law enforcement officials told The Hill that the probe is trying to determine if the Clintons made any policy favors for donations to their organizations, as well as determining if donors gave money with the hope of any policy change. In addition to this, the probe could also look to see if any tax-exempt assets were used for personal or political gain.
In short, the probe allegedly is intended to investigate multiple things:
- Did the Clintons promise/perform policy favors in return for donations to their foundation?
- Did the Clintons assert that if someone made a commitment to donate to their foundation that they could help secure potential government outcomes?
- Were tax-exempt assets for the foundation converted for personal or political use?
- Did the foundation comply with applicable tax law?
All of these accusations are very serious in nature, and if indeed true, would potentially amount to several federal felonies.
However, it appears as if Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation will avoid criminal charges, again, due to the fact that the statute of limitations for most federal felonies is 5 years. Since Hillary Clinton left her position as Secretary of State in early 2013, the investigation appears to be too little, too late.