NEW YORK — The FBI will not prosecute Joe Pence over his role in a Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic party officials, an FBI official said Thursday.
The official said that while it is clear that Russia hacked Democratic Party organizations, that does not mean the vice president and others involved were responsible for the cyberattacks.
Pence and his campaign were the targets of a coordinated cyberattack in early 2016 that targeted some of the nation’s most senior officials, including Vice President Joe Biden.
Pence had no direct involvement in the attack, but was not among those whose personal data was accessed, the official said.
The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia was responsible for that attack.
The new official said the FBI is still examining the nature of the cyberattack, but there was no evidence that Pence was directly involved in the cybercampaign.
He added that the FBI did not believe the cyber attack was directed at him or any other individuals.
In a statement to the news outlet The Hill, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was not aware of any direct evidence that the Trump campaign was behind the attack.
“I am not aware there was any coordination or coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russia to interfere in the election,” Wray told The Hill.
The Hill also reported that the White House was aware of the FBI investigation and had asked the Justice Department to conduct a review of the matter.