FBI 'leaks' put Clinton Foundation in the spotlight again

The Clinton Foundation investigation is a source of conflict between the DOJ and the FBI

FBI 'leaks' put Clinton Foundation in the spotlight again

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An FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation looks likely to cause further problems for the Democratic candidate before the end of the election.

The investigation, which has been underway since 2015, is focusing on allegations of "pay-for-play" interaction during Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State, which would have seen preferential treatment being given to those who made donations to the foundation. 

Real Clear Politics report that Bret Baier of Fox News spoke to sources inside the Bureau who stated that the investigation is "far more expansive than anybody has reported so far."

According to Baier, "two separate sources with intimate knowledge" of the investigation stated that "barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they will continue to, likely, an indictment."

However, Baier himself said an internal conflict could have a role in this latest round of comments finding their way into the media.

"They also have a problem, these sources do, with what President Obama said today and back in October of 2015," said Baier, referencing remarks he made about the recently announced fresh investigation into Clinton's email server

Speaking to NowThisNews, President Obama said: "We don't operate on incomplete information. We don't operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made."

Although he did not mention FBI Director James Comey by name, the comments relate to the letter he sent to Congress outlining the basis for the investigations. 

The Wall Street Journal highlight how friction between the Department of Justice and the FBI fueled an internal battle over the course of the Clinton Foundation case among "FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay."

"Senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI didn’t think much of the evidence, while investigators believed they had promising leads their bosses wouldn’t let them pursue," the report adds.

This news comes a few days before the November 8th election date, but will once again provide Donald Trump with more fuel for one of his most common talking points as the contest enters its final straight.

Clinton has regained her lead in the polls over her Republican rival after last week's announcement by the FBI of a further probe into her emails. However, Trump has repeatedly focused on the ongoing case involving the Clinton Foundation and has highlighted, at least, the appearance of conflict being linked so closely to the former Secretary of State. 

This latest move also further puts pressure on the FBI and their role in the election. Earlier this week, a Twitter account related to the Bureau released documents from Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich in 2001 (which they stated was posted electronically to the FBI’s public reading room after being requested under FOIA three times), and they announced an investigation into a donation scheme for Democratic Florida Senate candidate Patrick Murphy.