The FBI has spent the past year investigating the Clinton Foundation over claims they were trading access for donations to the charity, leading to friction between the bureau and the Justice Department.
From Daily Mail
Agents in New York and Little Rock have been leading the probe, but have been ordered by senior officials in Washington and the Justice Department to scale back the extent of the probe due to a lack of evidence.
The row emerged over the weekend in the aftermath of the decision by FBI Director James Comey to announce the bureau has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server – less than a fortnight before the election.
Last February, according to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI updated the Justice Department on its investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
But officials at Justice did not believe the FBI had found any significant evidence of corruption that would warrant continued investigation.
However, when Director Comey decided in July that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server did not warrant prosecution, FBI agents in New York restarted their probe into the Clinton Foundation.
By August, there was increased tension when the Justice Department learned about the continued FBI investigation.
Officials in Washington feared the probe so close to November’s election could be viewed as political interference.
FBI agents in New York wanted access to laptops surrendered by two of Clinton’s former staff under the terms of a plea agreement to search the machines for evidence relating to their charity investigation.
However, this access was denied as the plea agreements only extended to emails directly relating to possible national security issues.
It is understood the agents in New York had already had access to a computer owned by former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who is the estranged husband of Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin.
Agents had seized Weiner’s computers as part of a separate probe into allegations he had sexted an underage girl.
During the examination of his laptop, the FBI found emails which they claimed required further investigation.
Director Comey announced the new investigation last week much to the delight of Clinton’s Republican challenger Donald Trump.
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