State Department to conduct internal
probe of Clinton email case
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[July 08, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.
State Department said on Thursday it will conduct an internal review of
whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aides
mishandled classified information, after the Justice Department declined
to bring criminal charges.
The State Department said in April it had suspended plans for an
internal review at the request of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, which conducted a yearlong probe of Clinton's use of
private email servers while she was 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 in a statement.
"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 said.
On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would
accept the recommendations of the FBI not to bring criminal charges
against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for
the Nov. 8 election.
FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday Clinton had been "extremely
careless" in the handling of classified information, and Republicans
have criticized the decision not to prosecute.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a
campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. June 27, 2016.
Comey told a congressional hearing on Thursday that FBI employees
who mishandled classified material in the way Clinton did as
secretary of state could be subject to dismissal or loss of security
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by
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