President Donald Trump on Thursday responded to a chant by the audience at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up by saying “some things just take a little bit longer.”
Trump’s response to the chant, which is frequently used by the audience when Clinton’s name is mentioned at Trump rallies, could imply that Clinton is under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ appears to have at least two pending investigations connected to Hillary Clinton, who ran for president as the Democratic candidate in 2016.
In January this year, it was revealed the FBI had launched an inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation had engaged in illegal activity by providing donors with political or policy favors while Clinton served as secretary of state.
The Hill, which first reported on the inquiry, wrote that the DOJ is using the information it is gathering to determine whether it warrants a full investigation.
One reason for the investigation is to determine whether any of the tax-exempt donations to the Clinton Foundation, which totaled more than $2 billion since its inception in 1997, were converted for personal or political use, The Hill reported.
Emails dating back to Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state show that Clinton’s former top aide, Huma Abedin, fielded requests for special favors from Clinton Foundation donors.
In one such request, Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury requested access through Doug Band, a former board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, to a high-level official in the State Department.
The DOJ is also revisiting evidence obtained by the FBI in an investigation into the Uranium One deal, which is connected to the Clinton Foundation.
Under the deal, which was approved by the Obama administration in 2010, the Russian government gained a majority stake in Canadian mining company Uranium One, which at the time controlled 20 percent of uranium licensed for mining in the United States.
Because of the national security risk posed by the deal, it had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investments, which included the State Department under Hillary Clinton.
While the deal was under review, the Clinton Foundation received millions in payments linked to Uranium One.
Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation, totaling $2.35 million, The New York Times reported in a 2015 exposé.
At the same time that the security review was being conducted, Bill Clinton received a speaking fee of $500,000 from a Kremlin-linked investment bank.
It was also reported in January, that the DOJ reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Despite determining that the unsecured server was used to store and transmit classified material, former FBI Director James Comey suggested in July 2016 that no charges should be filed. He did so after an FBI agent had altered the conclusion of the agency’s recommendation by removing language that suggested a crime had been committed.
The DOJ probe is looking into the amount of classified information that was sent over the server, as well as who was responsible for moving that information into an unclassified environment, the Daily Beast reported on Jan. 4.
Speaking at the rally on Thursday, Trump said that investigations so far have targeted Republicans.
“No, no, no, no, they only want to hurt Republicans, they don’t want to do anything,” Trump said in response to the “lock her up” chant.
“But you know what, it’s all changing folks, it’s all changing. Some things just take a little bit longer. They only want to go after Republicans.”
During the second presidential debate in 2016, then-presidential candidate Trump told Clinton that: “If I win, I’m going to instruct my Attorney General, to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it. People have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you’ve done.”