The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Senior-level Department of Justice officials tried heavily to block the FBI’s ongoing investigation into The Clinton Foundation. The paper spoke to numerous law enforcement officials who disclosed multiple examples of top DOJ officials trying to shut down the probe.
“Early this year, four FBI field offices—New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Little Rock, Ark.—were collecting information about the Clinton Foundation to see if there was evidence of financial crimes or influence-peddling, according to people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
During a meeting between the FBI and the DOJ back in February to brief the Justice Department on the matter, a source close to that matter said “the meeting didn’t go well.” The FBI was reportedly given a “stern, icy and dismissive” attitude from the DOJ as they were speaking. Essentially the probe was shut down by officials because “anticorruption prosecutors at the Justice Department told the FBI at the meeting they wouldn’t authorize more aggressive investigative techniques, such as subpoenas, formal witness interviews, or grand-jury activity.”
In August, it was reported that a DOJ official angrily called FBI Director Andrew McCabe and demanded to know why the FBI was still investigating the Clinton Foundation.
“Are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?” McCabe asked the official, to which they paused and replied, “of course not.”
FBI investigators told the Journal off the record that they were told to stand down from their investigations and the order was given from McCabe.