FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee
FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senateâ€™s most prominent figures â€” Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee â€” but the Justice Department has thwarted their bid to launch a full federal investigation.
The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements and photographs that corroborate some aspects of the accusations, officials have told The Washington Times and ABC News.
But the Justice Departmentâ€™s public integrity section â€” which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures â€” rejected FBI agentsâ€™ bid to use a...