The Federal Bureau of Investigation has expanded its probe into the email arrangement of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to determine whether there is evidence of false statements and gross negligence, according to media reports.
The expanded scope of the investigation focuses on U.S. Code 18, Section 1001, and violations of an Espionage Act provision, intelligence sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News on Thursday. It follows a report from Politico earlier this week that said the probe into Clinton’s emails had been stepped up.
U.S. Code 18, Section 1001, pertains to “materially false” statements given either in writing, orally or through a third party, Fox News reported. The potential violations of an Espionage Act provision relate to “gross negligence” in the handling of national defense information.
The FBI has declined to comment on the scope and status of the ongoing investigation.
Clinton, who is the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has repeatedly come under fire for using a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Despite Clinton’s previous statements that the server was never used for classified information, the intelligence community has classified hundreds of emails after reviewing them.
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