FBI investigating one of its own Twitter accounts

FBI investigating one of its own Twitter accounts
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The FBI has begun the process of opening an investigation into one of its own Twitter accounts, which was quiet for more than a year before releasing a stream of links to documents with political impact this week.

Candice Will, the assistant director for the FBI’s office of professional responsibility, has referred the matter to the bureau’s inspection division, she told consultant Jonathan Hutson, according to ThinkProgress.


Nancy McNamara, the assistant director of the FBI’s inspection division, confirmed to Hutson that she had received the complaint, according to the left-leaning news outlet.

It’s unclear whether an investigation into the strangely timed tweeting has been opened. But the complaint nonetheless represents the intense unease within the FBI at having been thrust into the spotlight in the final days of the presidential election campaign.

After more than a year of silence, the @FBIRecordsVault Twitter account burst into activity this week, sending out nearly two dozen messages with links to former investigative documents that had been released through open records laws.

The first message tweeted by the account on Sunday contained information about an investigation into Fred Trump, the late father of Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE.

The final tweet, on Tuesday afternoon, led to documents about a closed case concerning the Clinton family foundation and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClinton still 'disappointed' Sanders held off on endorsing her in 2016 Booker notes 'anger' over more billionaires than black candidates in 2020 race Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats MORE’s pardon of businessman Marc Rich.

Documents about the investigations had been previously released, though the Clinton file was posted online just a day before the Twitter account published a link.

The activity raised eyebrows and sparked additional scrutiny on the FBI days after Director James Comey notified Congress of a new stage in the investigation concerning Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Report: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats MORE’s use of a private email server while secretary of State. Comey’s notification shook up the final days of the presidential campaign and invited criticism from both sides of the aisle for appearing to interfere in a political race.

The FBI has claimed that public materials are automatically loaded to its online vault following repeated requests under the Freedom of Information Act.