A key prosecutor on Special Counsel Jack Smith’s current team shielded the Clinton Foundation from federal investigation according to an exclusive Fox News Digital report published just moments ago.
Ray Hulser, formerly the head of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section (PIN), has been pinpointed as the DOJ official who “declined prosecution” of the Clintons in 2016 according to the report of former Special Counsel John Durham.
The Durham report revealed that even after three different FBI field offices opened investigations into the Clinton Foundation, Hulser shut down the probes on behalf of the PIN. However, Hulser claimed during a 2016 interview with Durham that his office’s move to close the investigations was merely a suggestion.
These investigations were centered on the foundation’s multiple Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), which banks are required to disclose.
Fox News reports:
Meanwhile, the Durham report states that during the February 2016 meeting, Hulser “declined prosecution” of the Clinton Foundation on behalf of the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section.
Hulser told Durham during his interview, though, that he “made it clear” that “his decision was not binding on the various U.S. Attorneys’ Offices or FBI field divisions.”
In interviewing another individual present for the meeting, Durham learned that the Justice Department’s reaction to the Clinton Foundation briefing was “hostile.”
“There are mega indications that the Obama Justice Department slow-walked and discouraged the Clinton Foundation investigation, including discouraging the FBI from pursuing it,” former federal prosecutor and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy said.
Durham found that there was a “perceived need” for main justice to coordinate with and support its FBI field office’s investigations into the Clintons considering what was known at the time. Still, Hulser and the PIN worked to shut them down.
Durham interviewed Hulser as part of his fact-finding mission. Hulser told Durham that the FBI briefing on the Clinton Foundation was “poorly presented and that there was insufficient predication for at least one of the investigations due to its reliance on allegations contained in a book”:
“Hulser downplayed information provided by the New York Field Office CHS [confidential human source] and recalled that the amount involved in the financial reporting was ‘de minimus,’” the report states.
However, Durham’s team reviewed the financial reporting to better “understand the allegations.”
“The reporting, which in itself is not proof of wrongdoing, was a narrative describing multiple funds transfers, some of which involved international bank accounts that were suspected of facilitating bribery or gratuity violations,” the Durham report states in a footnote. “The transactions involved occurred between 2012 and 2014, and totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Now, Smith’s team, led by Hulser himself, is working to take down Trump, Hillary Clinton’s foe in the 2016 election, in courtrooms across the country on charges of obstruction, mishandling classified documents, and more.
Jack Smith‘s office declined Fox News’ request for comment on the story.