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FBI investigating hack of Democratic party email

The agency is looking into the WikiLeaks email dump that led to the resignation of the DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Democrats open their party convention in Philadelphia Monday as the FBI launches an investigation into hacked emails that led to the resignation of their party chair.
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The FBI confirmed on Monday that it's looking into the hacking of the Democratic party's emails.

"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the agency's statement said. "A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

The leak, which included emails sent by several Democratic National Committee officials from January 2015 to May 2016, made its way to WikiLeaks on Friday, just days before the Monday start of the party's convention in Philadelphia.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager on Sunday accused Russian hackers of releasing the emails to bolster Donald Trump's presidential run. And then later that day, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation over the fallout of the leak. The emails showed that Wasserman and other officials had disparaged the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.