FBI agents investigating the Clinton Foundation were told to stand down by Justice Department officials, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday night.
Breaking: Secret recordings discussing Clinton Foundation fueled a battle on whether to pursue a corruption probe https://t.co/3bxL08qsRP ?
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 3, 2016
The Journal reports that tensions arose when talk about the Clinton Foundation arose in secret recordings of a suspect in another corruption case. Some FBI agents wanted to pursue the leads, but State Department officials “weren’t impressed” with the FBI’s presentation at a February meeting:
Justice Department officials became increasingly frustrated that the agents seemed to be disregarding or disobeying their instructions.
Following the February meeting, officials at Justice Department headquarters sent a message to all the offices involved to “stand down,’’ a person familiar with the matter said.
Secret recordings? A stand-down order? Carl Bernstein did just assure us that in no way were Hillary Clinton’s emails worse than Watergate, but let’s say you combined that scandal with the corruption inside the Clinton Foundation. That would be hard to beat.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 3, 2016
— JDR (@takerealrisks) November 3, 2016
FBI agents had multiple informants and taped descriptions of corruption allegations; DOJ sent a "stand down" order. https://t.co/eIFmZkLKCE
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 3, 2016
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) November 3, 2016
— StockMarketNietzsche (@Investor4201) November 3, 2016
— Joy Marie (@JoyMarie007) November 3, 2016
— NJ Astros Fan (@AstrosfanNJ) November 3, 2016
@kerpen There is all out war between FBI and DOJ. You have agents who want to go where evidence leads vs political DOJ who protects Clinton.
— Ellen (@ellen6019) November 3, 2016
— goldenluvr (@Lynn_A_H) November 3, 2016