MSNBC's Pete Williams: FBI Officials Tell Me Fox News’ Latest Clinton Email Report “Is Just Not True”

MSNBC's Pete Williams: FBI Officials Tell Me Fox News’ Latest Clinton Email Report “Is Just Not True”

Williams: "This Idea That There Are Indictments Near Or Something Like That, I Am Told Is Just Not True"

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From the November 3 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily:

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CHUCK TODD (HOST): Fox is standing by its reporting that there is a 99 percent chance that at least five foreign intelligence agencies breached Clinton's private server. So, when it comes to the FBI and the Justice Department, there is only one person to go to to find out what's really going on here, and that's Pete Williams, our chief justice correspondent.

So Pete, let's walk through first the Wall Street Journal story that claims that there is a feud inside the FBI, and a feud between FBI and Justice over pursuing the Clinton Foundation case. First of all, what is the status of the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation?

PETE WILLIAMS: There really isn't one, if you want to call it an investigation. That's a term of art in the FBI. There was an initial inquiry that was opened a couple of months ago based largely on media reports and a book called Clinton Cash, and there were some initial things done in that. But FBI officials tell me there's been virtually no movement on that case for the last several months. So this idea that there are indictments near or something like that, I am told is just not true.

TODD: And on the second one, this idea that the server that the Clinton home server -- was that they know for certain that it was breached by at least five different foreign entities. That would be big news if true, correct?

WILLIAMS: Indeed so, and I am told that there is no such view. Go back to what Comey said in July, when he announced that no charges should be filed. He said that there were signs of attempted breaches into the computer, and that they couldn't -- they simply can't say for sure whether it was breached. They say if it was, it might have been the kind of breach that wouldn't have left any signs. So, they concluded they couldn't know for sure, but they found no positive proof of any successful hacks.

Previously:

ABC News And NBC News Dispute Fox Anchor Baier’s “Inaccurate” Clinton Foundation Investigation Reporting

Fox’s Bret Baier Walks Back Flawed Reporting About “Likely” Clinton Indictment

Trump Runs With Unsubstantiated Fox News Report To Smear Clinton

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MSNBC, Fox News Channel
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Chuck Todd, Pete Williams, Bret Baier
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2016 Elections
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