The Justice Department’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation turned up nothing after two years, The Washington Post reports.
The investigation began with Trump touting “Clinton Cash,” an opposition research book not unlike the Steele dossier that was written by Breitbart writer Peter Schweizer.
The book alleged that the Clinton Foundation accepted big donations in exchange for Hillary Clinton signing off on a deal to sell uranium rights to Russia, even though nine different federal agencies reviewed the deal and Clinton was not directly linked to its approval.
Trump claimed during the 2016 campaign that Clinton “gave Russia 20 percent of American uranium,” a claim The Washington Post’s fact-checkers gave Four Pinnochios.
DOJ agrees there’s nothing there:
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions assigned John Huber, a US Attorney in Utah, to investigate.
“Your recommendations should include whether any matters not currently under investigation warrants the opening of an investigation, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources or further investigation, and whether any matters would merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Sessions told Huber.
According to the Post, Huber is “largely finished” now and “found nothing worth pursuing.”
“We didn’t expect much of it, and neither did he,” a DOJ official told the outlet. “And as time went on, a lot of people just forgot about it.”
Other probes also come up short:
A separate State Department investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server similarly turned up no evidence of wrongdoing last year.
The Justice Department’s inspector general report issued last month also failed to corroborate Trump’s conspiracy theories that his campaign was “spied” on and that the Russia investigation was politically motivated.
Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are now hyping a separate review of the Russia probe by US Attorney John Durham, arguing that surely this will be the probe that blows the case wide open.