United States’ domestic intelligence and security service agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly launched an internal investigation into one of its Twitter accounts, according to a report in ThinkProgress. The account, @FBIRecordsVault, recently put out two tweets which are being seen as an attempt to malign Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and benefit Donald Trump’s, a significant move just days ahead of presidential elections on November 8.
On October 30, @FBIRecordsVault tweeted out a flood of archive documents, describing Donald Trump’s father Fred Trump as a “philanthropist” in one. Two days later, the account released documents related to the investigation into former president Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich in 2001. The account has been inactive since then.
The tweets come at a time when FBI facing criticism for trying to influence the elections, which it isn’t allowed to under law. Under the Hatch Act, the FBI and its employees are forbidden from taking an active role in election activities.
Director James Comey released a letter, making public that some of Hillary Clinton’s emails are being investigated, despite the US Justice Department’s concerns that this was against FBI policy. Then, the Wall Street Journal, quoting anonymous sources, revealed that there was an investigation — including “secret recordings” — into the Clinton Foundation. Also citing anonymous sources. The New York Times reported that the FBI believed that Russia was just trying to disrupt the US election, not help Donald Trump.