FBI Director James Comey is investigating the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a Justice Department official told Fox News.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations, said the bureau is also looking into whether the former secretary of State broke federal rules by using the private email account.
“We’re investigating her use of her private email,” the official told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday.
Comey said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s use, known as an “investigation,” could be extended to include possible obstruction of justice charges.
“I’m concerned about any possible obstruction,” the FBI director said.
Comey also wrote that “we don’t yet know whether the actions by Ms. Clinton in the course of her job as Secretary of State violate any laws, or whether there is evidence that she or her aides acted to obstruct justice.”
Comey also said that while there is no evidence that Ms. Williams acted intentionally to obstruct the investigation, there is some circumstantial evidence of possible criminal intent.
“The issue is whether she committed a crime,” the director said of Clinton.
“That’s the question we’re asking.”
In May, the FBI issued a bulletin to federal law enforcement agencies that it would conduct an internal review of the Clinton probe and to ask for help from prosecutors in the Justice Department and the FBI to complete the review.
The FBI’s decision to hold off on issuing the bulletin sparked criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, who questioned why the FBI would wait until the end of July to complete an investigation when the investigation into her email use was ongoing.
Clinton has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying she used the server to send and receive government business, and that the investigation is not partisan.
“No one has said, ‘I think this case should be reopened because there’s a lot of information there,'” she said during a press conference last month.
“What I’ve said, as I have said all along, is that the Clinton investigation is independent and is not politically motivated.”
The FBI has also asked the Justice and State Departments to review the matter, the official said.
“Our investigation is going to be extremely thorough,” the source said.
The announcement that the bureau was investigating Clinton came just a day after the Justice Dept. released its own report on the case, which concluded that the case “does not meet the standards of an appropriate criminal investigation.”
The report, which was released just before Comey announced his decision to not recommend charges against Clinton, did not address whether the FBI should have waited until after the Democratic primary to launch an investigation into Clinton.
Comey has not publicly announced whether the probe into the former Secretary of States emails will be extended, although he said in June that he believed it would be appropriate.
“In light of the importance of this investigation, I cannot in good faith recommend charges,” Comey said at the time.
“As you know, we are continuing to look into this matter.
It is possible that there are other appropriate charges that may be appropriate.”
“If you want to know how the FBI works, then you’re in a different universe,” Comey added.
“But I can tell you this: I am not going to tell you how we work.”