Similar (though unproven) charges have been made regarding a private investigator and former New York City police officer, offered payment for information about 9/11 victims.
"If these allegations are proven true," Representative King wrote to FBI Director Robert Mueller, "the conduct would merit felony charges for attempting to violate various federal statutes related to corruption of public officials and prohibitions against wiretapping. Any person found guilty of this purported conduct should receive the harshest sanctions available under law."
Based on off-the-record interviews with sources familiar with the US probe, the New York Times reported Thursday, the inquiry is expected to be handled jointly by two FBI squads in New York, one that investigates cybercrimes and another that focuses on public corruption and white-collar crimes.
"We are doing this based on [congressional] requests," an FBI source told the Los Angeles Times. "After reviewing the letters and their allegations, and after consultation with the US Attorney's Office in New York, we are proceeding."