Having failed to indict Hillary Clinton after an exhaustive probe into her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, federal investors are now looking into emails sent by her former aides.
Over the past 18 months, investigators have reached out to 130 current and former State Department officials to inform them that emails they sent to Clinton years ago have been retroactively classified.
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Those targeted include: “Ambassadors and assistant secretaries of state responsible for US policy in the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia,” reports The Washington Post, as well as “dozens of current and former career bureaucrats who served as conduits for outside officials trying to get important messages to Clinton.”
News of the intensifying email probe comes amid impeachment efforts by Democrats, who accuse Trump of attempting to solicit interference from Ukraine in the upcoming election. Critics say the email investigation is designed to distract from the Ukraine controversy and to tarnish the reputation of Democratic foreign policy officials (including perceived political adversaries).
“It is such an obscene abuse of power and time involving so many people for so many years,” said a former White House official.
State Department officials say they are just doing their jobs.
“This has nothing to do with who is in the White House,” said one official. “This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails, which is about 3 1/2 years.”
Republican lawmakers have been urging the State Department to finish reviewing the emails and report to Congress.
“I think that one of the great crimes committed is Hillary Clinton deleting 33,000 emails after Congress sends her a subpoena,” said Trump last Wednesday. “Think of that. You can’t even do that in a civil case; you can’t get rid of evidence like that.”
Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server (rather than a secure government server) while she was Secretary of State, prompted several investigations that overshadowed her 2016 presidential campaign.
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey recommended the case be closed without charges. Comey reopened the case in October, but came to the same conclusion in November.
Clinton believes that Comey’s decision to re-open the case contributed to her loss in the 2016 election.
This investigation deserves to be revived, and not only because Hillary has started to attack Trump.
Hillary’s actions were a real crime that caused real damage, and Comey and AG Loretta Lynch’s failure to prosecute was also perhaps a crime.
Hillary’s ignorance of basic intelligence methods coupled with her massive ego caused tremendous damange to her Office and America, and almost certainly got good Americans killed. For a refresher, read this article