The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Trump campaign, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.
The probe follows a series of high-profile breaches of the private email account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, including one involving a leak of DNC emails.
President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama are also under investigation for possible links to the Russian government.
The investigation, the Justice Department said, focuses on whether the hacking was authorized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is widely considered a Kremlin stooge.FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers also testified before Congress about the hack on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and both said Russia was behind it.FBI officials said they did not know whether any of the emails had been sent by Clinton’s campaign or the DNC, but said they had reviewed the DNC documents and found “no evidence that any of our sources, including former officials, were harmed.”
In addition, officials said, no foreign actors, such as Russia, were responsible for the hacking or any other attempts to penetrate the DNC.
The news came a day after President Donald Trump claimed Russia hacked the Democratic Party in an interview with Fox News.
Trump said the hacked emails were “hacked by China, by some other group.
I think that they’re very, very smart.”