Current and former Republican House members are calling on the FBI to relaunch investigations into Bill and Hillary Clinton after the Durham report revealed four separate probes into the pair's potentially illegal activities were shut down in 2016.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) and former Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz want the FBI to relaunch the probes, three of which began in 2016, over "possible criminal activity" by the Clinton Foundation. All the probes were shut down by senior officials in the FBI and Obama administration months before Clinton’s 2016 loss.
"The Clintons had a team of people at the FBI running interference for them to avoid criminal culpability," Gaetz told the Daily Mail.
The revelations were made public in the long-awaited Durham report, the Daily Mail reported:
The report compared the FBI and Justice Department's voracious investigation of Trump's connections with Russia, to its allegedly lackluster approach to its Clinton probes 'tippy-toeing' around the former Secretary of State.
Durham reviewed a January 2016 report on the Clinton Foundation by the Little Rock Field Office which found possible evidence that 'large monetary contributions were made to a non-profit, under both direct and indirect control of [a] federal public official, in exchange for favorable government action and/or influence.'
Durham wrote that the New York and Little Rock Field Offices had 'source reporting that identified foreign governments that had made, or offered to make, contributions to the Foundation in exchange for favorable or preferential treatment from Clinton.'
And an agent in the Washington Field Office also opened a preliminary probe into the Clintons 'because the Case Agent wanted to determine if he could develop additional information to corroborate the allegations in a recently-published book, Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer'.
A spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation said the Durham report "emphasized what's been clear for many years—there's never been any wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation."