The FBI is expanding its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails as secretary of state to look at whether Clinton may have violated public corruption laws by mixing State Department business with that of the Clinton Foundation, Fox News reports.
The new probe would be tacked onto the existing investigation of whether Clinton had illegally used a private email server, where the emails are not officially archived and were often deleted, to conduct State Department business.
Three unnamed intelligence officials served as Fox’s sources.
“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts, and whether regular processes were followed,” one source told Fox News.
Previous media reports have raised questions about the potential conflict of interest created by the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s work in the State Department. The Foundation had closed off donations from foreign governments during Clinton’s tenure from 2009 to 2013, but questions remain whether Clinton gave individual donors special access to the Department during her term.
“Many previous public corruption cases have been made and successfully prosecuted with much less evidence than what is emerging in this investigation,” one source told Fox.
Previously, the FBI had only investigated the exchange of classified information on Clinton’s private email server. By last week, the State Department found 1,340 emails on Clinton’s server that was classified on some level (most were “confidential” the lowest classification level, but a few were “secret,” the second-highest level of classification) reports the Hill.
Clinton has maintained that the material she has sent or received on her private server were not classified at the time they were sent.
“What I think you’re seeing is a very typical kind of discussion to some extent, disagreement among various parts of the government over what should or what should not be publicly released,” Clinton said, according to Politico.