US Gov’t to Reopen Clinton Email Probe

US Gov’t to Reopen Clinton Email ProbeUS Gov’t to Reopen Clinton Email Probe

The US State Department says it will reopen an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information. An FBI probe this week found Clinton and her aides had been “careless” with sensitive data.

State Department spokesman, John Kirby, said the internal review would resume now that it was clear the Justice Department would not be pursuing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic presidential hopeful has been facing harsh scrutiny over her use of a private email account and server while serving as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, AP reported.

The State Department launched a probe into the emails in January after stating that 22 messages sent from Clinton’s private server were “top secret”.

The review was put on hold in April, however, so as not to interfere with an FBI inquiry to determine whether she had broken the law.

That investigation ended this week, with the Justice Department announcing it would accept the FBI’s recommendation not to prosecute Clinton.

“Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review,” Kirby said.

“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.”