Two inspectors general have requested that the Justice Department open up a criminal investigation into whether or not Hillary Clinton handled – or mishandled – classified and sensitive information on her personal e-mail accounts while working as head of the State Department.
Via the New York Times:
The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.
It is not clear if any of the information in the emails was marked as classified by the State Department when Mrs. Clinton sent or received them.
But since her use of a private email account for official State Department business was revealed in March, she has repeatedly said that she had no classified information on the account.
The initial revelation has been an issue in the early stages of her presidential campaign.
The Justice Department has thus far remained undecided on whether they will pursue a criminal investigation according to senior officials.
A spokesman for Clinton initially declined to comment on the Times report, but later released a statement through Twitter which read “Any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted.”
To the contrary, the inspectors general issued a memo on July 17th saying “at least one email made public by the State Department contained classified information.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement saying an investigation by the Justice Department isn’t just needed, “it’s required.”
The statement reads:
“In the last couple of weeks hundreds of thousands of Americans had their personal data exposed because the administration failed to keep it safe. Now we learn that Hillary Clinton’s desire to play by her own rules may have further exposed classified information. While a full investigation by the Justice Department is not just needed, but required, Hillary Clinton must also hand her entire secret server over to an independent third party for further review.”
The report also blasts the State Department for their handling of various document requests. Some officials stated that they believed the senior officials at the department did not take a House investigation seriously and as a result were slow to respond.
Now that a criminal investigation has been recommended, will Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration finally take this issue seriously?