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DOJ winds down Clinton Foundation investigation with no results

Hillary Clinton. (James Ledbetter/Flickr)
January 13, 2020

The Justice Department investigation into Hilary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation is reportedly winding without producing anything to show for it.

While there haven’t been any tangible results, the investigation has not officially ended and there is no official notice sent to the Justice Department or lawmakers, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The Justice Department is expected to finish its investigation into Hilary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, which includes their role in the Uranium One deal, when the U.S. government didn’t block the sale of the Canadian Uranium One company, which has U.S. assets in uranium, to Rosatom, a Russian company.

The inquiry began more than two years ago. Now, the U.S. attorney tapped in November 2017 to look into the concerns raised by President Donald Trump and allies has largely finished his investigation, according to current and former law enforcement officials that spoke to the Post.

Trump and his allies raised concerns over former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s ties to a Russian nuclear agency and the Clinton Foundation.

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Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions tapped John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, to look into the matters.

“We didn’t expect much of it, and neither did he,” one person familiar with the matter told the Post. “And as time went on, a lot of people just forgot about it.”

Notably, the Post reports that people familiar with the matter that the large part of Huber’s work was done by April last year, around the time when Robert Mueller filed his report into the investigation of President Trump’s alleged ties to the Russian government and its role in the 2016 election.

However, when Trump fired Sessions and Matthew G. Whittaker became the the acting attorney general, Whittaker reportedly tried to push Huber to be more aggressive in his investigation, which the Post reports Huber viewed more as a review, not an investigation.

Huber, however, felt like he had viewed all he could in the investigation and there wasn’t much left to do. He also reportedly said that he would only get involved in the investigation only if other cases were not being handled.

Clinton and the Clinton Foundation were also accused of engaging in other pay-for-play activity while she was Secretary of State. The FBI launched an official investigation of that claim in January 2018.

“Let’s call this what it is: a sham,” Nick Merrill, chief spokesman for Hillary Clinton, said at the time. “This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a now long-debunked project spearheaded by [former White House strategist] Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions doing [President Donald] Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently.”