RED ALERT: Hillary Grand Jury Convened — FBI Also Pursuing Clinton Influence Peddling

Department of Justice officials have impaneled a federal grand jury in the Hillary Clinton email case and FBI agents have launched a second, separate investigation on political corruption involving the former secretary of state’s official activities and the Clinton Foundation, a former U.S. attorney told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Joseph E. diGenova, who served as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia for four years, said Wednesday he believes the FBI is investigating two separate Clinton scandals.

“The Bureau has between 100 and 150 agents assigned to the case. They would not have that many people assigned to a classified information case,” he told TheDCNF, addressing Clinton’s use of a private email server located at her New York home.

“Based on reports that agents are asking questions about the foundation, it seems to me it is the subject of a second prong of the investigation,” he said.

The Department of State’s inspector general (IG) subpoenaed documents from the Clinton Foundation last fall to determine if State Department policies had been influenced by foundation activities. The State IG asked for records held by the foundation and Huma Abedin, who for six months simultaneously worked for former Secretary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

A number of the 55,000 pages of government-related emails that were released under a court order also show numerous emails between Clinton’s aides and the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai.

The corruption probe is being led by the Justice Department’s public integrity division, a former FBI agent who requested anonymity told TheDCNF.

DiGenova said it was clear to him if a federal grand jury had been impaneled after Justice Department officials acknowledged they had issued statutory immunity to Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s former IT chief.

“It is inconceivable to me that they could have done that without subpoenaing documents from third parties,” he told TheDCNF, “You cannot declare immunity except in the grand jury context if it was statutory immunity.”

Department of Justice officials granted Pagliano immunity from prosecution in return for full cooperation with the FBI over the operation of the private server, according to the Washington Post.

“My long experience as the United States Attorney and an independent counsel makes me conclude as a matter of professional judgment that a grand jury exists,” diGenova told TheDCNF. “It is readily apparent to me that there is at least a grand jury impaneled for the purposes of issuing subpoenas,” he said.

Matthew G. Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, agreed, saying “a grand jury impaneled for the purposes of issuing a subpoena makes a lot of sense.”

The Obama administration has been coy about whether or not a grand jury had been impaneled in the Clinton case. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch side-stepped the issue in a Feb. 29 Fox News interview, saying, “we don’t comment on specifics.”

DiGenova said he expected an FBI recommendation on at least one of its investigations to be sent to the Justice Department within the next 60 days.

A grand jury’s goal is to determine whether or not there is “probable cause” one or more persons have committed a federal offense. It is not an indictment. A grand jury can issue an indictment or return what is called a “no bill,” meaning there is no legal action.

It is also not clear who is the “target” of the grand jury. In a Monday interview with Fox News, Clinton insisted she was not a target of the Justice Department or of a grand jury. Clinton, however, could be the “subject” of an investigation, but not a target.

A “target” is when a prosecutor or a grand jury has substantial evidence to link a person to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor, is a defendant. While a “subject” of an investigation is a person whose conduct is within the scope of a grand jury’s investigation but may not have committed a crime.

Whitaker also said Clinton can play dumb if her lawyers have not asked the Department of Justice outright if she is a target.

“The real question is whether her lawyers have asked the feds whether she’s the subject or target of an investigation,” he told TheDCNF. “If they have not asked the question, she would not ‘know’ the answer.”

Mark Zaid, a national security lawyer, also said that empaneling a grand jury does not mean guilt.

“Even if a grand jury is impaneled, it doesn’t mean culpability,” Zaid told TheDCNF.

The Justice Department cautions that convening a grand jury in itself is not the equivalent of an indictment.

The Department of Justice did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment. (For more from the author of “RED ALERT: Hillary Grand Jury Convened — FBI Also Pursuing Clinton Influence Peddling” please click HERE)

Follow Joe Miller on Twitter HERE and Facebook HERE.

  • CaptTurbo

    Does anyone think there is any chance that the corrupt DOJ will allow Her Thighness to actually be charged with anything?

    • Kent2012

      I wonder how long it will take before news articles begin to report suicides at the FBI and members of the Grand Jury are found dead in their hotel room with a pillow over their face….then a long distance call from a JP in Texas will order a “natural causes” death certificate to be issued…

      • 4freedom

        The Clintoons have coroners in Arkansas that will play ball too. Two bullets to the back of the head, yup suicide.

    • Charles

      NO ! But both of the Clinton’s should be investigated. IF found guilty, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

      • CaptTurbo

        They need to all share a prison cell.

        • Charles

          Both have gotten away with so much, for so long they think they are above everyone else.

          • CaptTurbo

            Well once they have a corrupt DOJ in place they sort of are.

          • Bob2002

            Obviously they are because nothing will come from this so called “grand jury” investigation. Obama’s in-justice department will not prosecute one of their own. They only prosecute Republicans.

    • Linda

      When obozo gets finished using her, she will be toast.

    • ONTIME

      Was Don Quixote’ a meat head?

  • Mobties

    Let’s all hope Hillary finally, after all these years, gets a “True Bill.” She truly deserves it!

    • RWS

      Of course, Bill himself wasn’t Truthful about much of anything ….

  • ldazzle

    IMO, Bill & Hillary, the two most disgusting peeps in politics, in general, and the fact peeps still swoon over them…

  • Nam1

    “Whitaker also said Clinton can play dumb if her lawyers have not asked the Department of justice outright if she is a target”… In other words, lie like hell which we know she’s very good at.

  • Linda

    hillary would look very nice in an orange jumpsuit !! So would barack, billy, eric the gun runner holder, the un-rev. sharp-tongue as well as many more dembos !

  • Larry Sparks

    I agree with Capt Turbo, I do not think the corrupt Obama administration and DOJ will indict Hillary Clinton even if the preponderance of evidence of guilt is overwhelming….justice delayed is justice denied.


    Shrillary’s abuse of office and involvement of the Clinton Crime Foundation is now all fair game in the court and will be red meat for the FBI..Now the real question will be, Will the WH and the DOJ allow this criminal investigation to proceed and conclude…..will it allow the destruction of the DNC and the mythical left……???

    • Bob2002


  • gunnerv1

    Can’t wait to read the Indictment!

  • Tony

    Will justice ever be rendered? Most corrupt government Presidential Cabinet officials get away with crime. The only one I heard that served jail time was Albert Fall, Pres. Harding’s Secretary of the Interior over the Teapot Dome Oil Scandal in the 1920s. That’s almost 100 years ago. Pres. Nixon came close to being impeached over Watergate coverup, but he resigned from office and was pardoned. Pres. Reagan, Irangate, escaped impeachment, as did Pres. Clinton, on perjury over the Monica Lewinsky affair. I guess “Crime Does Pay”, but only for certain people.