State Department reopens Clinton investigation


In response to the thorough investigation by the FBI, which found that Hillary Clinton did not commit any prosecutable offenses regarding her handling of email, Republicans now want to launch their own investigation.

"Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review", department spokesman John Kirby told USA TODAY.

"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed", one source said.

Hillary Clinton, 68, was the first lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001; a US senator from NY from 2001 to 2009; Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013; and is the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 2016.

They day before, FBI Director James Comey said in a news conference that he wasn't recommending charges against Clinton - even as he slammed her as behavior "extremely careless".

FBI Director James B. Comey said at a congressional hearing Thursday that his investigators found "evidence of mishandling" of classified information, though they found that neither Clinton nor her aides meant to do wrong and thus could not be charged with a crime.

On Thursday, Comey was forced to vigorously defend his recommendation before the House Committee on Oversight, which summoned him to testify. That last punishment could affect the hiring possibilities for many of Clinton's confidants at the White House, should she win the presidential election. Comey replied, "I'm not going to answer that".

"Hillary Clinton I believe, thinks she's above the law", said Ryan.

Comey specifically rebutted a litany of GOP charges including that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been biased, ignored the law, applied it unjustly or coordinated the decision with Clinton's campaign.

Comey admitted that the operational server that Clinton had in the basement of her home was an "unauthorized location for the transmitting of classified information".

"There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation", he said.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., asserted that those administrative consequences could include "revocation of security clearance".

In his statement, Comey went through a list of points about Clinton's several private servers and the erasures of emails. He explicitly batted down claims by the Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar - who revealed that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address - that he had gotten into Clinton's account. Attorney General Loretta Lynch formally closed the inquiry Wednesday.