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US State Department to Start Internal Investigation of Clinton’s Email Case


US State Department to Start Internal Investigation of Clinton’s Email Case

Photo: Reuters / Aaron Josefczyk

An internal investigation of the activities of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be conducted by the US State Department, after the Justice Department declined to bring criminal charges. The aim of the investigation is to confirm or refute the fact of mishandling classified information by Clinton and her aides, the US State Department said on July 7.

According to the State Department, its plans for an internal investigation had been suspended due to the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI conducted a yearlong investigation of the using of private email servers by Clinton while she held the post of the Secretary of State.

“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.

“I cannot provide specific information about the Department’s review, including what information we are evaluating. We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” he added.

On July 6, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch accepted the recommendations of the FBI not to prosecute Clinton who runs for the US presidency.

However, on July 5, FBI Director James Comey said that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” working with classified information. He also pointed out that FBI employees who mishandled classified material in the Clinton’s way would get the walking orders or loss of security clearance. Republicans also have criticized the decision not to bring criminal charges against the former Secretary of State.



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