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Published: Mon, May 01, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Federal Probe of Fox News Reportedly Widens to Include Postal Service

Federal Probe of Fox News Reportedly Widens to Include Postal Service

In addition, the Justice Department's investigation has been expanded to include financial crime experts from the United States Postal Inspection Service, CNN added, whose purview includes mail fraud and wire fraud cases.

A person familiar with the investigation has confirmed to CBS News that investigators from the "U.S". One consultant reportedly earned $10,000 a month.

Fox News declined a request for comment.

In addition to the cases involving Ailes and O'Reilly, Fox News has been hit by a number of other allegations, including a lawsuit from former anchor Andrea Tantaros, who says Fox hacked into her personal computer and engaged in illegal surveillance of her.

New York Magazine cited a source close to Shine - who has been with Fox News since its inception - as saying he is 'expressing concern about his future at the network'.

Fox News has come under fire, and possibly investigation, for the funds used to pay women who accused its former star, Bill O'Reilly, of sexual harassment.

When Ailes was forced out of Fox News last July, some of the consultants were also dismissed.

An insider told CNN Money last August: 'Longtime friends of Roger's dating back to the '70s are beginning to exit the building'.

Some of the people interviewed by investigators have been asked about these "friends of Roger" and what they did behind the scenes at Fox. The Justice Department investigation was first revealed in February.

The probe began under the Obama administration. The government has been investigating whether Fox News should have informed shareholders about the settlement payouts.

Fox confirmed in February it has been in communication with the USA attorney's office but did not detail the nature of that contact. Dozens of other US attorneys who were Obama appointees were asked to resign at the same time.

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