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FBI publicly disputes report China hacked Hillary Clinton’s email sever

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Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton.

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  • The FBI is publicly denying a report claiming China
    hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server, a claim
    President Donald Trump amplified on Tuesday
    night. 
  • A report published Monday by the Daily Caller alleges a
    Chinese-owned company hacked Clinton’s private email server and
    obtained thousands of her emails while she was the US Secretary
    of State.
  • A spokesman for the FBI told NBC News that the bureau
    has not found any evidence” Clinton’s server was
    compromised by a hostile foreign actor. 

The FBI is publicly denying a report that claimed China hacked
Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Right-leaning news website The Daily Caller first published that
allegation on Monday, and President Donald Trump later amplified
it on Twitter. 

The Daily Caller article alleges a
Chinese-owned company based in Washington, DC, hacked Clinton’s
private server and added a line of code that made copies of all
her emails and automatically forwarded them to the company,
citing two unnamed sources The Daily Caller says were briefed on
the matter. 

Trump addressed the story on
Tuesday
, writing, “report just out: ‘China hacked
Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.’ Are they sure it wasn’t
Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ
are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much
classified information!”

An FBI spokesperson told NBC News, “the FBI
has not found any evidence the (Clinton) servers were
compromised,” citing a July report from the Department of
Justice’s inspector general which reviewed the FBI investigation
of Clinton’s use of a private email server. 

In the inspector general’s report, a
forensic analyst is quoted as telling Department of Justice
investigators he was “fairly confident” Clinton’s personal
server had not been compromised. 

The joke about Russia in Trump’s tweet refers to the
Russian government’s alleged hack of the Clinton campaign, the
Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee during the 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which is probing
Russian interference in the 2016 election, indicted 12 Russian security
officers
 in July for those breaches and other charges,
including money laundering and identity theft. 

Clinton’s use of a private email server during the time she
served as Secretary of State was the subject of a high-profile FBI investigation
spearheaded by the agency’s former director, James Comey.

The FBI ultimately cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing in
July 2016, but did call her handling of official emails on
private accounts “extremely careless.” Comey later came under
fire for reopening the inquiry just 10 days before the
presidential election. 

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