More than 2.500 individual contributions worth in excess of 381.000 were made to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by people who listed the Department of Justice as their employer, according to federal campaign data.
Contributions to President Donald Trump were by comparison coming from only 24 individuals listing DOJ as their employer and making 54 donations collectively worth $12.535. All of the data covered the election cycle from January 1, 2015, through the 2016 election on November 8.
Forty-one of the Clinton donors has given the maximum allowable amount of $2.700 for the general election. None of the Trump donors gave the maximum amount, the largest single amount he has received was $1.000.
Listing an individual’s employer or occupation is voluntary, so, neither the Clinton nor Trump totals necessarily represent all of the contributions made to them by Department of Justice employees. The Hatch Act prohibits federal workers from engaging in partisan activities on government property or time, but, they are not prevented from contributing to candidates or working for them when off duty.
Most notable among these probes is that of Special Counsel Robert Mueller concerning allegations of collusions between agents of the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Other related investigations include the FBI’s probe under former Director James Comey into Clinton’s use of a private server and email system to conduct official business as secretary of State.
The contributions data may also fuel the investigation by the House Select Committee on Intelligence. The intelligence panel’s chairman, Rep. Devon Nunes has blistered DOJ and FBI officials last Thursday for their refusal to give the committee hundreds of documents it requested on August 24.
Nunes has also demanded the dates on which six top DOJ and FBI officials would be made available to the committee for interviews. All six of the officials to be interviewed have been linked in some fashion to either the dossier, crude expressions of disgust with Trump, a mysterious “insurance plan” apparently intended to prevent Trump from winning the 2016 election – or Comey’s controversial July 2016 statement absolving Clinton of wrongdoing in connection with the email scandal.
“Unfortunately, the FBI’s intransigence with respect to the August 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated,” Nunes said. “At this point, it seems that the DOJ and FBI need to be investigated themselves.”