Some senior agents within the FBI reportedly tried to essentially shut down the investigation into the Clinton Foundation “charity,” a new report has revealed.
“(S)enior law-enforcement officials repeatedly voiced skepticism of the strength of the evidence … sought to condense what was at times a sprawling cross-country effort and … told agents to limit their pursuit of the case,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
This led to conflicts within the agency, with some investigators claiming that senior officials were “uninterested in probing the charity,” according to The Journal.
The paper offered no reason why senior officials appeared to oppose the investigation, though it did note that the agency’s second-in-command, Andrew McCabe, had direct ties to the Clintons.
During the fall of 2015, a political action committee run by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe donated nearly half a million dollars to the state senate campaign of McCabe’s wife, Jill. Moreover, Democrat presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headlined a major fundraising event for the PAC shortly before it began sending McCabe money.
It therefore sounded as if the attempt to shut down the investigation was perhaps rooted in suspect motivations and thus political corruption. However, the possible corruption extended to the Justice Department as well.
When FBI agents presented their Clinton Foundation case to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s DOJ in February, they reportedly encountered officials who were “stern, icy and dismissive of the case,” according to The Journal.
“That was one of the weirdest meetings I’ve ever been to,” one agent later claimed.
Moreover, DOJ officials refused to authorize more aggressive investigative techniques such as the issuance of subpoenas or the convening of a grand jury. And when the DOJ found out in August that the FBI was still probing the Clinton Foundation, one of its officials reportedly pitched a fit.
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