SURPRISE! State Dept. to Reopen Clinton Email Probe

Via the Associated Press:

The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides.

Spokesman John Kirby says the emails probe is restarting now that the Justice Department isn't pursuing a criminal prosecution. The State Department suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry.

Kirby set no deadline for the investigation's completion.

It took maybe 2.7 seconds after reading this news to come up with a plausible explanation for the timing. We have been witnessing some elaborate political theater here in recent weeks. The final act began when Loretta Lynch calmly said she would accept whatever the FBI recommended, which made me think the fix was already in.

Even the Democrats know that somebody is going to need to get blamed for this mess eventually. The FBI and DOJ have now punted back to State in order for a Hillary surrogate or two to fall on their swords:

But Kirby said this week former officials can still face "administrative sanctions." The most serious is loss of security clearances, which could complicate Clinton's naming of a national security team if she becomes president.

Beyond the Democratic front-runner, the probe is most likely examining confidants Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin.