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State Department Reopens Clinton Email Probe

Following a lengthy investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the State Department will reopen the case for an internal review.

“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 in a statement.

The Hill reports:

The State Department had suspended its investigation into its former secretary to avoid interfering with the FBI and Justice Department reviews.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced this week the DOJ would not press charges against Clinton, following FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation.

Kirby said he can’t provide specific information about what the department is evaluating, and he could not give a timeline for the process.

“Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations,” he said.

State’s probe will likely include top Clinton advisers including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.

Kirby said earlier this week that former officials could still face “administrative sanctions” for past actions, according to the Associated Press.

The most serious is loss of security clearances, the AP reported, which could complicate Clinton’s naming of a national security team if she becomes president.

Comey said in his announcement that Clinton and aides acted “extremely carelessly” in their handling of classified materials, but the investigation did not find enough evidence to suggest criminal charges. On Thursday, Comey defended his decision during a lengthy and at times tense hearing before House lawmakers.

“I see evidence of great carelessness,” Comey said. “But I do not see evidence that is sufficient to establish that Secretary Clinton or those with whom she was corresponding both talked about classified information on email and knew when they were doing it that it was against the law.”

Critics say Clinton’s private email server may have jeopardized sensitive national intelligence and thwarted transparency during and after her tenure at State.

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