CNN's Evan Perez: "Conspiracies" From 'Clinton Cash' Book To Blame For FBI "Turmoil"


EVAN PEREZ, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Now, we know that, obviously, the FBI has been conducting this e-mail investigation that took over a year; but behind the scenes, there's also been several investigations that were ongoing in four different offices — Los Angeles, Little Rock, Washington, and New York — into allegations of impropriety in the Clinton Foundation.

And behind the scenes, because some agents thought that things weren't moving fast enough, they — they started believing conspiracies that, perhaps, politics were at play. And back here at headquarters in Washington, there was an effort to try to make sure that the — the agents had what they thought they had — that they had the goods to bring some kind of investigation, to make — to make it a full-blown investigation.

It turns out that a lot of what they had, Carol, was based on this book called Clinton Cash. It was published by Peter Schweizer, and he's now an editor at — at Breitbart. But a lot of — a lot of the allegations in there have not been substantiated. The FBI headquarters here in Washington and Justice Department prosecutors thought that the — the agents needed to do a lot more work. So, what you have is a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of innuendo as to what exactly was going on, Carol.

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