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FBI Opens New Investigation Into Clinton Foundation

Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action: 2015 Progress Report Town Hall held at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

The Justice Department has opened up an new investigation into the Clinton Foundation to see if it conducted “pay-to-play” politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday.

FBI agents from Little Rock have already interviewed at least one witness, according to the report.

The Hill’s John Solomon reported that the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “the probe was examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for contributions to their charitable efforts or whether donors promised to make donations in hopes of government outcomes.”

The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.

One witness recently interviewed by the FBI described the session to The Hill as “extremely professional and unquestionably thorough” and focused on questions about whether donors to Clinton charitable efforts received any favorable treatment from the Obama administration on a policy decision previously highlighted in media reports.The U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Arkansas is Cody Hiland, who is a veteran of the Huckabee administration.

“He was working for Mike Huckabee back in the days when the Clinton machine was trying to take Huckabee out as governor,” Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt said Thursday night on Fox [email protected]. “This is some old blood-feud stuff,” he added.

“If this prosecutor out in Little Rock wants to take a good look at what the Clintons were doing and what was going on, I don’t think there’s probably much to stop him,”  Stirewalt said. “We remember Peter Schweizer’s book (Clinton Cash),” he continued. “We reported on it, the New York Times reported on it, others reported on it — that had a lot of stinky stuff in it. It seemed inappropriate.”