Top FBI and Department of Justice officials ordered lower-level federal investigators to back off looking further into alleged pay-to-play schemes at the Clinton Foundation based on a secret recording, a new report finds. The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reports that an internal feud between FBI investigators and top officials at the agency and the Department of Justice erupted after orders to dismiss a secret recording were ignored. The investigators believed the recording of a suspect in an unrelated public-corruption investigation provided enough evidence to pursue claims made against the Clinton Foundation.

Until recently, any official investigation into the Clinton Foundation has been the subject of rumors, but various news reports have claimed sources saying an investigation has been ongoing for over a year. The Wall Street Journal reports the FBI investigators believed they had strong leads against the organization in February 2015, not long before the book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, written by conservative political consultant Peter Schweizer, was published in May 2015. READ MORE