The Justice Department has been asked to open a criminal investigation to see if Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive information when she used her private email account while serving as secretary of state.
Two inspectors general for the State Department asked for the investigation, senior government officials told the New York Times. That request comes on the heels of the two inspectors general’s finding that Clinton’s private email account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails,” the newspaper reported.
It’s not clear if these “potentially classified emails” were clearly marked as classified at the time Clinton either sent or received them, the New York Times reported. She said in March none of the emails she sent or received over her personal account contained classified information.
Her March statement: “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
The Justice Department hasn’t determined if it will open an investigation into Clinton yet.
But the request alone could have an impact on Clinton’s presidential campaign, which has already been dotted by poor poll showings due primarily to trust issues with the voters. Her campaign has also seen a somewhat shocking stall from the rising popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-declared socialist from Vermont who’s been reeling in large crowds on his campaign run for the White House.
The inspectors’ general request comes just a day after a federal judge chided attorneys for the State Department about their perceived stall of several Freedom of Information Act requests from the Associated Press. Some were made four years ago and still haven’t been fulfilled.
“I want to find out what’s been going on over there – I should say, what’s not been going on over there,” said Judge Richard Leon of the United States District Court, Politico reported. “For reasons known only to itself [the State Department] has been, to say the least, recalcitrant in responding.”
Capitol Hill politicians have also sharply criticized the seeming failure of the State Department to provide adequate excuses for not providing subpoenaed documents.
“The State Department has used every excuse to avoid complying with fundamental requests for documents,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, the New York Times reported.
Meanwhile, another Clinton-tied scandal has just loomed. As WND reported, an arms dealer has just accused the Obama administration of protecting Clinton by sending the Department of Justice to prosecute an innocent man.