US state department to re open email case against Hillary Clinton
The US State Department announced that it was restarting its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified documents while she was the foreign secretary from 2009-2013.
The State Department earlier suspended its investigation and was waiting for the Justice Department to complete its criminal investigation.
The State Department will now focus on whether current employees involved in handling or sending and receiving Clinton’s emails should get disciplinary action, which could range from a reprimand to losing their security clearance.
Former employees found to be mishandling classified information could also have notes put in their file that could also have consequences if they seek future employment with the government and need security clearance.
“Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
“I cannot provide specific information about the department’s review… We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process. Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations.”
Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey recommended that no criminal charges be brought in the case, a finding that the Justice Department accepted on Wednesday.
Comey was the subject of a lengthy grilling on Capitol Hill on Thursday as he fielded questions from Republicans about the investigation, with House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz saying he would ask the FBI to probe whether Clinton lied to Congress about her email arrangements.
Judicial proceedings in the case were officially ended on Wednesday after Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed that the Justice Department would not file charges against the former first lady as per the FBI’s recommendation.
Hillary Clinton will be officially elected by Democrats as their candidate for the President election by the end of Juy.