FBI Had Secretly Recorded Audio Implicating Clintons. DOJ's Response Has Officials Blowing the Whistle.
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The FBI obtained secretly recorded conversations of a suspect in a public-corruption case discussing details of several alleged deals that the Clintons brokered, but they ran into resistance from Justice Department prosecutors who dismissed the claims as political gossip, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.
FBI investigators believed the audio was at least worth investigating and they grew increasingly frustrated as they ran into roadblocks erected by corruption prosecutors and even some FBI executives, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The prosecutors reportedly felt the case wasn’t worth bringing to a grand jury because the individual in the secret recording wasn’t working inside the Clinton Foundation.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Robert Capers, were both at the center of the internal dispute, per the report:
Amid the internal finger-pointing on the Clinton Foundation matter, some have blamed the FBI’s No. 2 official, deputy director Andrew McCabe, claiming he sought to stop agents from pursuing the case this summer. His defenders deny that, and say it was the Justice Department that kept pushing back on the investigation.
At times, people on both sides of the dispute thought Mr. Capers agreed with them. Defenders of Mr. Capers said he was straightforward and always told people he thought the case wasn’t strong.
The discord within the FBI apparently got so bad that a Justice Department official called up McCabe to report agents “disregarding or disobeying their instructions.”
The Clinton Foundation reportedly came under FBI scrutiny after Peter Schweitzer published his book, “The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.” The author was interviewed by the FBI.
Another bombshell Fox News report published Wednesday suggested that FBI agents are now “actively and aggressively pursuing” the Clinton Foundation case. Two separate sources told Fox News the case is now “very high priority.”
“There is an avalanche of new information coming in every day,” one of the sources said.
Fox News’ Bret Baier reported on the air Wednesday that the sources believe an indictment connected to the case could be likely.