A federal probe into the FBI’s 2016 investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team and Russia has gained significant attention in recent months.
According to a new report by The New York Times, however, U.S. Attorney John Durham and his team also appear to be addressing claims of corruption within the Clinton Foundation in addition to their primary focus.
“Baseless, politically motivated allegations”
The foundation, established as an ostensibly philanthropic organization, has been linked to widespread accusations that it served as a pay-to-play outlet dating back to Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state.
After investigating the Russia-Trump angle for more than a year, Durham has reportedly been seeking documents and requesting interviews meant to determine how federal agents handled their probe of alleged corruption within the Clinton Foundation.
Durham’s team is said to be interested in using that information to compare how the FBI handled allegations against Trump and his campaign to its probe into claims about the Clinton family organization.
In a statement to the Times, a Clinton Foundation spokesperson said that it “has regularly been subjected to baseless, politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false.”
Of course, the claims against Trump and his campaign were largely disproven through a lengthy and in-depth federal investigation the president has since taken to calling a “witch hunt.”
“We’ll find out”
The problem, according to many Clinton critics, is that the allegations against the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee did not seem to be taken as seriously as claims regarding Trump.
While the complete scope of the Durham probe is not yet public knowledge, its ongoing work has been the subject of numerous speculative articles and widespread analysis. Of primary concern to some Republicans is the possible impact of details revealed prior to Election Day.
Earlier this month, one Durham aide stepped down from the team. Subsequent reports suggested that she had been concerned about undue pressure from the Department of Justice to rush the publication of preliminary findings potentially damaging to the Democratic Party.
The Durham investigation has already netted one guilty plea, however, and some prominent Republicans are expecting similar developments in the future.
“I have a feeling that there are things that they did that we don’t even know about yet that are far worse than what’s been publicly revealed,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said earlier this week, according to the Daily Caller. “We’ll find out. It’s just a feeling, but given some of the body language I’m seeing I have a feeling that some of the conduct goes beyond anything any of us know yet.”