The State Department is restarting its investigation into whether Hillary Clinton did not properly handle classified information as secretary of state.
Just days after Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that Clinton would not face charges following the FBI probe, State Department spokesman John Kirby said it would reopen its internal investigation, according to the Associated Press.
The State Department review, which began in January after 22 emails from Clinton’s private email server were deemed “top secret,” was put on hold in April so as not to interfere with the FBI’s investigation,
“We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” Kirby said. “Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations.”
Clinton served as secretary of state until 2013 and, though most of her top advisers left after that time, they could still face punishment, according to the AP. Losing security clearances could be the most serious repercussion, thwarting Clinton’s plans to secure top positions for her former aides if she is elected president.
“There could be repercussions,” Kirby said, adding that any infractions by former officials would still be kept on file. Losing one’s security clearance would have an effect, Kirby noted, “assuming that individual still needed the clearance to work in another federal agency or something like that.”
In addition to investigating the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, aides Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin would also be investigated, the AP reported.
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