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State Dept. Reopens Its Own Investigation into Clinton’s Emails


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Hillary Clinton’s email scandal isn’t over yet. On Thursday, The State Department told The Associated Press they are reopening a probe into alleged mishandling of classified documents. Not only is the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate the subject of this investigation, but so are her top aides.

“We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” State Dept. spox John Kirby said. “Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results while complying with our various legal obligations.”

Kirby didn’t specify what information was being reexamined, or which aides were being investigated. On Wednesday, he did tell reporters people could lose security privileges. That could influence someone’s career, “assuming that individual still needed the clearance to work in another federal agency or something like that.” (eg. Top positions in a hypothetical Clinton administration.)

The State Department started its original investigation in January. It said Clinton might have had 22 “top secret” emails in her private server, but they suspended that probe in April so the FBI could do its own. Now, the State Department is restarting their inquiry after FBI Director James Comey announced on Tuesday that he didn’t recommend charges in this case. The Justice Department officially closed their investigation on Wednesday.

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