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Hillary Clinton Under Investigation Again For Emails

| by Sarah Zimmerman

The State Department is investigating whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information over a private email server.

Clinton and her team still has security clearances and can access classified information, according to Fox News. However, that can all change depending on the results of the new formal inquiry.

The probe aims to find whether Clinton broke the law by using private email servers to receive, hold and transmit government intelligence. The State Department has not said when the investigation began, but confirmed that it started sometime after the FBI's inquiry into the matter.

In July 2016, former FBI director James Comey announced that he would not recommend charges against Clinton for conducting government business over a private email server, CNN reports. Of the 30,000 emails turned over to the FBI, Comey said that 52 email chains contained classified information. Eight of those 52 chains contained "top secret" intelligence. 

"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information," said Comey, "there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

Republicans, however, still disagree with Comey's findings, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley has confirmed that Clinton's email servers are once again up for review by the State Department, Fox News reports.

In March, Grassley and his committee launched its own probe into the matter, believing that there is "evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information" contained in the emails.

Chris Farrell, a member of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, has also filed a number of lawsuits into the matter, saying that the FBI's findings last year didn't uphold justice. 

"Their conduct has cost them that privileged position of special trust and confidence," he said. "Any other government employee would have been prosecuted under 18 USC Sec. 793(f) (“Mishandling National Defense Information”) and be subject to a long prison sentence and large fines."

Farrell and other top Republicans hope that new investigations into the matter will revoke Clinton's security clearances and limit her access to classified information.

"This flagrant double standard for the gang that exposed Top Secret Codeword material to the Russians, Chinese and others is both offensive and deeply corrosive to the intelligence community," Farrell continued. "There is no better evidence that when it comes to Hillary Clinton and her coterie -- laws are for the little people."

Clinton's spokesman, Nick Merrill, however, denied that there was another pending investigation.

"Nothing's been more thoroughly dissected. It's over. Case closed. Literally," he said.

Sources: Fox News, CNN / Photo credit: Lorie Shaull/Flickr

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