Republicans Demand FBI Reopen Criminal Investigations Into the Clintons

Disclosures in the Durham report show the Clinton family received preferential treatment from the FBI when under investigation during the 2016 election.

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The Clintons at a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016, at Raleigh. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Following the Durham report’s disclosure that the Clinton family was under investigation during the 2016 election for potential election interference from foreign governments, Republicans are now demanding the probes be reopened.        

According to Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the government’s conduct during the Russian collusion probe, Secretary Clinton received preferential treatment from the FBI while she was under investigation for allegations that foreign donations were made to her and her husband’s foundation in order to curry favor with a potential president. 

In his report, Mr. Durham compared the lax treatment Mrs. Clinton received as she was under investigation to the wide-ranging probe the FBI initiated against Mr. Trump. 

In 2014, shortly before the former secretary of state announced her presidential candidacy, the FBI learned that an individual representing a foreign government “was planning to send an individual to contribute to Clinton’s anticipated presidential campaign as a way to gain influence with Clinton should she win the presidency.”

Even though the FBI — upon receipt of these facts — quickly applied for access to the foreign individual’s emails from a foreign intelligence surveillance court, certain officers at the agency left the application “in limbo” for months, the Durham report states, citing an unnamed FBI source.

“They were pretty ‘tippy-toeing’ around [Mrs. Clinton] because there was a chance that she would be the next president,” the source claimed. 

There were other investigations into various foreign donations that were not disclosed during Mrs. Clinton’s time as secretary of state. President Clinton also faced a probe into a $500,000 speaking fee he received after an event at Moscow. That event followed donations totaling more than $2 million made to the Clinton Foundation. 

Mrs. Clinton and her husband were at various points being investigated by the FBI field offices at New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas. A probe was also opened at Washington, D.C. 

One Republican congressman who sits on the select subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government, Matt Gaetz, is now calling on the FBI to reopen the investigation. The weaponization panel could also take up the issue in the future, given its ongoing scrutiny of the agency. 

“The Clintons had a team of people at the FBI running interference for them to avoid criminal culpability,” Mr. Gaetz said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “These matters absolutely warrant additional exposure and review.”       

A former Republican congressman and House Oversight Committee chairman, Jason Chaffetz, echoed Mr. Gaetz’s call for new investigations, saying the FBI “didn’t complete the job.” 

“They had the scent, they were on the trail, and they were shut down by the higher-ups who had an obvious political desire to see Donald Trump lose and Hillary Clinton win,” Mr. Chaffetz said. “It’s disgusting, really. Absolutely these investigations should be revisited.”  

 “There’s no reason why Congress can’t have a series of hearings with the field agents who were pursuing the Clinton Foundation, and public interviews with them as well,” he said.

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