Days after President Obama stated unequivocally that Hillary Clinton did not breach national security by hosting her official communications on a private server, an FBI source leaked news that investigators were looking into a possible "gross negligence" violation of the Espionage Act.

Although the White House quickly attempted to walk the president's comments back, the assertion reportedly angered FBI agents and prompted a watchdog group to renew its calls for a special counsel to probe the case.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United, called Obama's comments "the latest and most compelling reason why this case requires an impartial special counsel to investigate."

"When the President of the United States — who appoints the Attorney General — acts as judge and jury in a politically-charged case such as this, it should be crystal clear that the case needs to get out of the control of political appointees," said Bossie, who was the first to call for a special counsel last month.

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