Just hours after FBI Director James Comey stood in front of Congress to testify and defend his decision on Hillary Clinton, the State Department has decided to re-open their internal investigation on Clinton and her top aides in reference to mishandling classified information.
As originally reported by the Associated Press, the investigation centers around Clinton’s private server and how classified emails were categorized at the time they were sent or received during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
According to ABCNews, this internal investigation began in January after the State Department declared that 22 emails from Clinton’s private server were upgraded to one of the nation’s highest “Top Secret” classification levels but was paused when the FBI began to investigate Clinton’s email setup so it wouldn’t interfere with their investigation.
In a statement to Fox, the State Department spokesman, John Kirby, said:
“Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review. Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations.”
As reported by the Associated Press, earlier this week Kirby said that former officials would still be able to face “administrative sanctions,” the most serious being security clearances, which would effect a person’s ability to work in a federal agency. This could prove to be a serious problem if Clinton were to become president, as it would complicate her ability to choose a national security team.
According to Fox News, the State’s investigation will most likely also examine Clinton’s top confidants during her time as Secretary: Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, who were the authors of many emails to Clinton that the investigation is focusing on.
We will update this story as it continues.
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