WASHINGTON (CNN) – The FBI has spent more than a year looking into the Clinton Foundation without getting beyond the starting gates. That could soon change.
Investigators at the FBI’s New York office, who unsuccessfully argued for months that they should be allowed to open a full-blown investigation of the foundation, could find a more friendly audience in a Donald Trump administration Justice Department.
The President-elect railed during the closing weeks of the campaign against the relationship between foundation donors and Hillary Clinton’s work in government as “corrupt.”
He promised there would more investigations of the Clintons if he were elected.
Soon, top officials he appoints at the Justice Department will have the power make that happen.
And the FBI investigators may have more ammunition to make their case with stolen emails from Clinton aides released in recent weeks by WikiLeaks.
The emails showed internal fights over the foundation between Chelsea Clinton and a top aide to her father, Doug Band, who helped run the foundation. Chelsea Clinton, according to the emails, was concerned about possible conflicts of interest and problems related to Bill Clinton’s paid speech-making business, dubbed “Bill Clinton Inc.” The dispute prompted the foundation to conduct an internal audit of its activities. Band hit back at Chelsea Clinton, according to the emails, suggesting she used the foundation to pay for her wedding.