U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (not pictured) speaks during a campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. on October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo
Democratic
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Thomson Reuters

FBI investigators discovered possible evidence of corruption
linked to the Clinton Foundation in secret recordings from an
unrelated investigation, but prosecutors and Justice Department
officials discouraged them from pursuing those leads,
according to The Wall Street Journal
.

Prosecutors viewed the statements from the recordings, which were
from a suspect in another corruption investigation, as hearsay,
but agents thought they had enough to pursue an investigation
into whether Clinton Foundation donors got special treatment from
the State Department while Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic
presidential nominee, was secretary of state, according to The
Journal.

Some sources who spoke to The Journal blamed Andrew McCabe,
deputy director of the FBI, or the Justice Department from
preventing agents from pursuing their leads in the case.

FBI and Justice Department officials met with public-integrity
prosecutors in February to discuss the case, but the prosecutors
weren’t swayed by the FBI’s presentation, according to The
Journal. After the meeting, Justice Department officials
reportedly sent a “stand down” order to all offices involved in
the case.

One of the sources on a recording discussed alleged deals the
Clintons had made, but because the person was not from inside the
Clinton Foundation, prosecutors thought the evidence wasn’t solid
enough to justify an aggressive investigation, according to The
Journal.

FBI sources
told Fox News this week
that an indictment is likely in the
Clinton Foundation investigation that has been ongoing for more
than a year.

The FBI is investigating pay-for-play allegations about the
Clinton Foundation. The investigation is said to be expansive.

Clinton has strongly denied any wrongdoing.