By John Wagner, AP StaffThe FBI is reviewing whether former President Bill Clinton improperly disclosed classified information in a closed-door meeting with FBI agents in 2016, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been briefed on the investigation and is expected to brief lawmakers next week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.FBI Director James Comey has been overseeing the investigation for nearly two years, and the bureau is in the midst of its own probe of whether Clinton broke the law in disclosing emails related to her private server during her time as secretary of state.
The probe was initiated in late 2015 when Clinton was indicted on 13 felony counts related to mishandling classified information, including one count of transmitting national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it.
The indictment also charges that Clinton used her position as secretary to improperly communicate classified information.FBI agents interviewed several people who attended the closed-doors meeting in August 2016.
Comey said at the time that there was “evidence of intentional misconduct by some senior level officials” during the meeting.
“The FBI takes these allegations very seriously and will review them fully,” the bureau said in a statement.
A lawyer for Clinton’s presidential campaign and other Democratic presidential candidates did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
In a statement, Clinton said that while she had “no idea” what McCabe and Comey were discussing, “this is a troubling development for our country.”
“The Clinton Foundation has not and will not accept foreign donations, and we will continue to make every effort to avoid any foreign government interference in our democratic process,” the statement said.
Clinton is expected next week to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
The committee has been probing the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Clinton was the first woman elected to the presidency and the first to serve as the nation’s top diplomat, and she led the campaign that helped her win the election.
In his statement, McCabe said he believes there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Clinton or anyone else.
The investigation is focused on whether the FBI mishandled classified information and whether Clinton should be prosecuted, he said.
“I have great confidence in the investigative process, and I look forward to providing the committee with all of the information they need to complete their work,” McCabe said.