Washington, D.C. — The FBI is investigating whether the Justice Department’s inspector general improperly leaked information to the media in the wake of a federal investigation into the bureau’s handling of the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The Post reported that FBI Director Jim Comey and two top Justice Department officials were interviewed by the FBI’s inspector-general in April, and the inspector general’s office has interviewed other current and former Justice Department employees.
In an email sent to WAMU President Scott Weigarten, Weiglass wrote that “it is the view of the Office of the Inspector General that there is still an ongoing investigation into a criminal matter related to the handling of certain classified information,” according to the Post.
“The investigation is ongoing and continues to focus on the FBI and Director Comey.”
The Inspector General’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Weiglass said he was notified in a June email that “there is an ongoing criminal investigation,” and that the investigation was “ongoing and focused on the Director Comey and the FBI.”
The Post report also quoted a senior FBI official who told Weigarden that the bureau was investigating whether Comey leaked classified information to CNN and other news outlets.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, the Post reported.CNN reported on Wednesday that the FBI is conducting a criminal probe into the leaks.
The report, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, also cited sources familiar with the matter, saying the bureau is examining the leaks by CNN and Fox News reporter Peter Hamby, who has not been charged with a crime, as well as The New York Times’ John Dickerson.
A spokeswoman for Weigarten said in a statement to WUTT that the university is “committed to maintaining a free and open forum for all students, staff, faculty and community members.”
“As we have said repeatedly, the investigation into this matter is continuing, and it remains under the oversight of the FBI,” the statement said.
“As the inspector-gathering process has progressed, we have seen additional information and have seen that this investigation is still ongoing.
We are confident in the integrity of the investigation.”