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The FBI opened an investigation of politically charged Tweets from its own Vault account

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The FBI has launched an internal investigation into its FBI Vault Twitter account after a release  of documents days before the election, following a year of being inactive.

The first tweet described Donald Trump's father Fred Trump as a "philanthropist."

It also tweeted documents on Bill Clinton's controversial pardon of Marc Rich.

Ban on election influence

The FBI's Inspection Division will launch an internal  investigation of the account, according to ThinkProgress. Federal law and FBI policy bans employees from using the power of the department to attempt to influence elections. 

The FBI claims it followed procedures: "Per the standard procedure for FOIA, these materials became available for release and were posted automatically and electronically to the FBI's public reading room in accordance with the law and established procedures."


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