Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation prompted an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some agents thought they had enough material to merit aggressively pursuing the investigation into the foundation that started last year based on claims in a book by Peter Schweizer called “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.” FBI investigators and public-corruption prosecutors from the main Justice Department became increasingly frustrated with each other.
Investigators disagreed over the strength of the case, which centered on whether Clinton Foundation contributors received favorable treatment from the State Department under Hillary Clinton. Senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI didn’t think much of the evidence, while investigators believed they had promising leads their bosses wouldn’t let them pursue. Yesterday, President Obama criticized the FBI when asked about Comey’s new disclosure of the emails agents are checking involving Clinton aide Huma Abedin.