The Department of Justice’s probe into the origins of the Russia investigation is also looking into how the FBI handled allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation, sources told The New York Times.
Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe Jan. 6 committee chair says panel spoke to William Barr William Barr's memoir set for release in early March MORE appointed U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamClose to million spent in Durham investigation in first year Four questions that deserve answers at the Guantanamo oversight hearing Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE to lead the investigation. He reportedly sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit led by former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Perdue proposes election police force in Georgia To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill MORE and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE.
Sources told the Times that Durham is comparing the FBI’s investigation into alleged bribery at the Clinton Foundation with the investigation into President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE’s 2016 campaign’s communications with Russian adversaries.
Those involved with the investigation described the move to compare the two as “unusual” and suggested a political motive. Barr and other supporters of the president have said the two investigations show a “double standard” the FBI upheld leading up to the 2016 election.
“There was a clear double standard by the Department of Justice and F.B.I. when it came to the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016,” Sen Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamClyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Schumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an August statement.
One of Durham's top aides resigned earlier this month, reportedly over concerns that the investigation was being rushed to produce results before the November presidential election.
Durham's investigation produced its first public result in August with the arrest of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded guilty to falsifying a document to justify surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser as part of the 2016 investigation.