Feds tell Bloomberg News they are “a lot of” people who don’t “like” a story that “totally makes it up.”
But the story was originally reported by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
“That is not true,” a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said in a statement on Thursday evening.
“The Department of Justice did not initiate this investigation.”
The story has since been updated to include a statement from the Office of Special Counsel, which said: “The story is based on a single source and contains numerous inaccuracies, including the false claim that the DOJ is ‘a lot’ of people who ‘don’t like’ the story.
Feds in California, Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas said in separate statements on Thursday that they were “committed to cooperating with the criminal investigation into the leak of the email from the Department of Homeland Security.”””
We will continue to investigate the story as a whole and take appropriate action, including filing charges.”
Feds in California, Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas said in separate statements on Thursday that they were “committed to cooperating with the criminal investigation into the leak of the email from the Department of Homeland Security.”
“The Department will vigorously defend itself against this serious criminal investigation and any other criminal charges that might be brought,” the Florida Attorney General’s Office said.
A spokesperson for the New York Attorney General said on Thursday, “The Office of the Attorney General has not received any criminal charges or a subpoena for information related to this matter.”
Fires in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest have been blamed for the breach of the Democratic National Committee’s servers.
The emails were sent by a hacker who went by the handle Guccifer 2.0, who previously worked as an IT staffer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Federal officials say the hack was likely carried out by Russian state-sponsored hackers who gained access to the DNC’s network.
The FBI said it was reviewing the leak, but was not involved in the probe.