Monday 23 October 2017

US State Department reopens probe into Hillary's handling of emails

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (right) faces an internal investigation over the possible mishandling of classified information Picture: Reuters
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (right) faces an internal investigation over the possible mishandling of classified information Picture: Reuters

Caroline Coralles

The US State Department has reopened an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and senior aides.

Spokesman John Kirby said the emails probe is restarting now that the Justice Department is not pursuing a criminal prosecution.

The State Department suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry.

Mr Kirby set no deadline for the investigation's completion.

Mrs Clinton was secretary of state until early 2013, and most of her senior advisers left shortly afterwards,

But Mr Kirby said former officials can still face "administrative sanctions". The most serious is loss of security clearances, which could complicate Mrs Clinton's naming of a national security team if she becomes president.

Apart from the Democratic frontrunner, the probe is most likely examining aides Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin.

Earlier The director of the FBI strongly defended the decision not to prosecute Ms Clinton over her private email set-up.

James Comey said there was no evidence that she or any of her aides knew that anything they were doing was against the law or had lied to federal investigators. His appearance at the US Congress marked his first public statements since an FBI announced they had removed the threat of criminal charges against Mrs Clinton.

Irish Independent

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