The FBI gave conservatives some very good news last week when they reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Now, it has been revealed that secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation started an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to move forward in the case against Clinton and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay.
Using informants and recordings from unrelated corruption investigations, agents believed they had enough evidence to aggressively pursue the investigation into the Clinton Foundation that began in the summer of 2015 based on allegations made in the book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”
The WSJ reported that accounts of the case and the dispute surrounding it have come from insiders at multiple government agencies. From February through today, tension rose between investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and public-corruption prosecutors. At the center of the disagreement stood the U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, Robert Capers, who many at the FBI feel made things worse by telling each side what they wanted to hear.
The disagreement was rooted on whether the case was strong enough to move forward, and it centered on whether Clinton Foundation contributors received favorable treatment from the State Department under Hillary Clinton.
The FBI secretly recorded a suspect in a public-corruption case talking about alleged deals the Clintons made. Though the agents listening in couldn’t tell if what the suspect was saying was accurate, they thought it was worth checking out.
Prosecutors retaliated by saying this talk was hearsay and that there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant aggressive tactics, since the person recorded wasn’t actually inside the Clinton Foundation.
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