A top FBI official confirmed on Monday that the agency is investigating Hillary Clinton’s home-built, unsecured email system, according to a report by MSNBC’s legal reporter Pete Williams.
In a letter dated February 2 and filed in court Monday, the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker, notes that in public statements and congressional testimony, the FBI “has acknowledged generally that it is working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
Baker says the FBI has not, however, “publicly acknowledged the specific focus, scope or potential targets of any such proceedings.”
He ends the one-paragraph letter by saying that the FBI cannot say more “without adversely affecting on-going law enforcement efforts.”
Clinton’s stumbling campaign is readying a shakeup after an expected loss in the New Hampshire primary. Rival Bernie Sanders has repeatedly declined to use the FBI investigation against Clinton, but a rising number of Democratic supporters want an alternate candidate ready, just in case the FBI investigation shows extensive wrongdoing.
That wrongdoing, according to many reports and a growing body of evidence, could include many deliberate violations of federal laws protecting secret governt information, including the deliberate transfer of such information from government-protected networks into Clinton’s home-built, unprotected network.
Computer security experts say Clinton’s network was completely vulnerable to hackers from Russia, China, and elsewhere.