Authorities now believe there is about a 99 percent chance that up to five foreign intelligence agencies may have accessed and taken emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, two separate sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations told Fox News.
The revelation led House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul to describe Clinton’s handling of her email system as “treason.”
“She exposed [information] to our enemies,” McCaul said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning. “Our adversaries have this very sensitive information. … In my opinion, quite frankly, it’s treason.”
McCaul, R-Texas, said that FBI Director James Comey told him previously that foreign adversaries likely had gotten into her server. When Comey publicly discussed the Clinton email case back in July, he also said that while there was no evidence hostile actors breached the server, it was “possible” they had gained access.
Clinton herself later pushed back, saying the director was merely “speculating.”
But sources told Fox News that Comey should have said at the time there is an “almost certainty” that several foreign intelligence agencies hacked into the server.
The claims come as Comey’s FBI not only revisits the email investigation following the discovery of additional emails on the laptop of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner – the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin – but is proceeding in its investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
That investigation has now taken a “very high priority,” sources told Fox News. It has been proceeding for more than a year, led by the White-Collar Crime division.
Fox News is told agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people regarding the case.
Even before the WikiLeaks dumps of alleged emails linked to the Clinton campaign, FBI agents had collected a great deal of evidence, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
“There is an avalanche of new information coming in every day,” one source told Fox News, adding some of the new information is coming from the WikiLeaks documents and new emails.
FBI agents are “actively and aggressively pursuing this case,” and will be going back and interviewing the same people again, some for the third time, sources said.
Agents are also going through what Clinton and top aides have said in previous interviews and the FBI 302, documents agents use to report interviews they conduct, to make sure notes line up, according to sources.
Officials from the FBI did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment by Fox News.
Craig Minassian, with the Clinton Foundation, told Fox News in a statement: “We’re not aware of any investigation into the Foundation by the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, or any United States Attorney’s Office and we have not received a subpoena from any of those agencies.”
The information follows a report over the weekend by The Wall Street Journal that four FBI field offices have been collecting information about the foundation.
The probes – in addition to the revived email investigation – have fueled renewed warnings from Republicans that if Clinton is elected next week, she could take office under a cloud of investigations.
“This is not just going to go away … if she ends up winning the election,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” earlier this week.
Donald Trump has referenced this scenario, repeatedly saying on the stump this past week that her election could trigger a crisis.”
“It would create an unprecedented and protracted constitutional crisis,” Trump said Wednesday in Miami.
Fox News first reported in January that the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state had expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws.
Clinton told The Des Moines Register at the time that the claim was “without merit” and she had heard nothing from the FBI.