Sources close to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's email are knocking down suggestions that 147 federal agents are working on the case, a figure first reported — and now revised — by the Washington Post, citing a lawmaker.
The Post updated the figure on Tuesday, stating that while the "FBI will not provide an exact figure," there are "fewer than 50" FBI personnel involved in the case.
But a former federal law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the Clinton investigation tells MSNBC an estimate anywhere near 50 agents is also off base.
"There are currently about 12 FBI agents working full-time on the case," says the source, who would only speak anonymously about an open investigation.
Of course a number of conservative news outlets celebrated the Washington Post article as proving that not only was the investigation coming to it conclusion, but that with so many agents assigned to the case it was clear they were finding things that would surely see Hillary sent to prison.
Remember this e-mail "scandal" is all they have to cling to right now since the Benghazi thing fizzled out.
And there are still literally thousands of Right Wing types, and Bernie supporters, who have convinced themselves that Clinton is headed to the poky and will not be on the Democratic ticket in 2016.