FBI, Justice Department disagreed over whether to pursue Clinton Foundation probe

WASHINGTON, U.S. - FBI agents and corruption prosecutors disagreed internally in connection with the investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to a Wall Street Journal ...


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WASHINGTON, U.S. - FBI agents and corruption prosecutors disagreed internally in connection with the investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

FBI agents wanted to pursue the case based on secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation, while the prosecutors dismissed it as worthless hearsay. 

In recorded conversations, this person allegedly described deals with the Clinton family. As the person was not connected to the Clinton Foundation and the alleged deals were unverified, the Department of Justice believed the recordings did not merit a full investigation.

The probe into the Clinton Foundation, which began last year, was a separate but parallel probe alongside the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

The bureau first reportedly began investigating the foundation in the summer of 2015 after the release of the book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweitzer. 

The book has come under scrutiny for unsubstantiated claims and inaccuracies, some of which have been corrected in later editions. 

Peter Schweitzer—a former speechwriting consultant for President George W. Bush—was interviewed multiple times by FBI agents, people familiar with the matter said.

Last February, the FBI and the Justice Department became increasingly at odds over the strength of the case centering on whether Clinton Foundation contributors got favorable treatment from the State Department under Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the Journal reported.
Further adding that at the end of 2015, the FBI and Justice Department had a general understanding neither would take major action on Clinton Foundation matters without meeting and discussing it first.

‘Indictment appears very likely’

Meanwhile, citing sources at the FBI, Fox News anchor Bret Baier said the agency's investigation will almost certainly end in an indictment, unless some sort of “obstruction” arises. 

According to separate sources within the bureau, FBI’s investigation into the case of pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation has now been labeled as “very high priority.”

Baier also said a “lot of evidence” had been recovered from Anthony Wiener’s laptop, and made an eventual indictment appear very likely, even if it came months after the election.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, being investigated in a sexting scandal, is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton's top aide. 

The bureau found hundreds of Abedin's emails on the shared laptop. At least some of them, Baier reported, are new and were not previously discovered as part of the investigation into Clinton's private email server.
New polls give Hillary Clinton the lead

With just six days left for the elections, Clinton is currently about six points ahead of Trump in the HuffPost Pollster national chart.

A new poll of Wisconsin, conducted by Marquette University Law School, should also put worries over the FBI probe to rest for the Clinton camp — or at least reduce them greatly.

That’s not just because the poll shows Clinton beating Donald Trump by six points in Wisconsin. It’s because the poll was in the field while the news of the new emails broke — so it offers a window into how breaking news actually changes poll results and shapes the race.

The day news of FBI Director James Comey's letter to U.S. Congress on a renewed probe broke, poll swung drastically against the Democrat candidate, but that was just for one day.

Meanwhile, new polls from CNN/ORC in four states started the day on a mixed note for Clinton. 

Two of those showed Trump leading by six points in Nevada, and by five points in Arizona. 

Both are more pro-Trump than most other recent polls have been in those states, but Arizona is a traditionally red state, and Trump’s lead in Nevada has wavered back and forth a few times this year. 

CNN/ORC showed Clinton up two points in Florida, and by four points in Pennsylvania ― both well in line with recent trends. 

Trump, Clinton campaign hard in final days

Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared confident of winning key battleground state Florida. 

“Our magnificent, historic movement has surprised the world and defied expectations at every single turn," Trump said at a rally in Florida. "And now next Tuesday, we will have one last glorious surprise for the pundits, the politicians and the special interests when we win and return the power back to the people."

 A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday considers the state too close to call, with Clinton just one point ahead of her rival.

Meanwhile, Clinton is campaigning in reliably Republican Arizona in an attempt to wrest the state from Trump. 

Earlier in Florida, Clinton hammered Trump as dangerous and divisive, highlighting in particular his treatment of women.

President Obama is also campaigning aggressively for Clinton. In North Carolina, another swing state, he urged the crowd to vote early, an option that’s available through Saturday.

“The fate of the republic rests on your shoulders,” he said. “The fate of the world is teetering, and you, North Carolina, are going to have to make sure that we push it in the right direction.”

He also called Trump a loser in connection with the latter's claims of a rigged election. 

“If in the middle of the game you’re spending all your time arguing with the refs,” Obama said on Wednesday, “then you’re a loser and you shouldn’t win.”

 

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