Report: DOJ Reopening Clinton Email Investigation
The Department of Justice is reportedly reopening the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information on a private, unsecure email server.
According to The Daily Beast, investigators will be taking "a fresh look" at the case, specifically "how much classified information was sent over Clinton’s server; who put that information into an unclassified environment, and how; and which investigators knew about these matters and when."
Republicans on key congressional committees told The Hill earlier this week that they now have secured "written evidence" that the FBI knew Clinton and her staff broke laws, and yet a decision was made at the top to give her "an HQ special."
That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.
The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents but lawmakers said he was an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left office as America’s top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.
The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence responsive to subpoenas was still outstanding and before agents had interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses.
"Nothing about that investigation was right," Chris Swecker, former assistant director of the FBI, told Fox News' Tucker Carlson Wednesday night. "Those of us who have conducted federal criminal investigations know that you use the grand jury, you use search warrants, you don't hand out immunities like candy. I mean -- everything in that investigation runs contrary to the way a real, credible and thorough FBI investigation is conducted."
Swecker added that the FBI doesn't normally go to witnesses and say "mother, may I?" to obtain information.
In keeping with his oft-repeated campaign pledge to prosecute Clinton, President Trump has been putting pressure on the Justice Department to reopen the case.
More email evidence surfaced last week when conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch won a lawsuit against the State Department and released emails revealing the classified information that was on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s then-husband Anthony Weiner.