On Tuesday, the US President Donald Trump in a late night tweet directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to investigate the claims that Hillary Clinton got her infamous private email server hacked by the Chinese government.
Shortly after midnight, Trump tweeted, “Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China.”
Referring to a list of his familiar grievances with Department of Justice (DOJ), he continued, “’Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!”
Earlier on Tuesday, a Daily Caller report claimed that emails of Hillary Clinton have been hacked by a Chinese company known to conduct government spying.
As per the report, the company managed to insert a code into Clinton’s home brew server, and forward her emails to a third party in real time.
In a more casual tone, Trump also tweeted about the China hacking allegations. He wrote, “Report just out: “China hacked Hillary Clinton private Email Server.” Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)?”
He also added, “What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!”
The report cited two sources– an anonymous intelligence officer and Republican Rep. Louie Gomert, who has put forward complex conspiracy theories in the past.
As per the report, two officials, identified as lawyer Janette McMillan and investigator Frank Rucker, warned FBI officials about the Chinese intrusion, with the inspector general for the Intelligence Committee, to no avail.
A former member of the IG’s office informed the publication, “When [the ICIG] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata — the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails — that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China.”
According to the report, the source said, “The [the ICIG] believe that there was some level of phishing. But once they got into the server something was embedded. ‘The Chinese are notorious for embedding little surprises like this.”
However, the official failed to identify the company, which is one way to verify the authenticity of the claim.
The official said, “We do know the name of the company. There are indications there are other ‘cutouts’ that were involved. I would be in a lot of trouble if I gave you the name.”