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Yet More FBI Leaks Go Public, This Time About an Investigation of the Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17.

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Information about the investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email server, Anthony Weiner’s text messaging, and Donald Trump’s Russia connections has been leaking out of the FBI in the past week at a rapid clip. To this we can now add a Wall Street Journal piece about an apparent dispute between FBI agents and federal prosecutors over whether allegations that Clinton Foundation donations influenced State Department policy merited prosecution:

Agents, using informants and recordings from unrelated corruption investigations, thought they had found enough material to merit aggressively pursuing the investigation into the foundation that started in summer 2015 based on claims made in a book by a conservative author called “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” these people said.

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But “senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI didn’t think much of the evidence,” the WSJ reports, in particular citing a dispute over the worth of recordings “of a suspect in a public-corruption case talking about alleged deals the Clintons made.” Higher-ups apparently felt the recordings, which involved an individual who did not work for the Clinton Foundation, were simply hearsay.

The upshot for the agents who wanted to pursue the case, of course, is that in the still-likely event of Clinton’s election, House Republicans will no doubt be enthused to discuss these and any other allegations against her in great, great detail every day for four years.

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