It's the investigation that doesn't seem to die.
Just a few weeks ago, FBI Director James Comey replied to Congress members asking about reopening the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that "I haven't seen anything that would come near to that kind of situation."
The assertion seemed to bring to conclusion a case that led Comey to announce in July that Clinton had been careless but did not break any laws.
Then came Friday, and Comey's surprise announcement that the FBI would, indeed, dip back in — to review a batch of emails "that appear to be pertinent" to the Clinton case, which were unearthed in an unrelated case. He said he wanted investigators to look at them "to determine whether they contain classified information."
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And so now the probe that Clinton so badly wants to put behind her — and that her opponents so badly want to keep in the public eye — has new life.
The controversy erupted in March 2015, when the New York Times reported that Clinton had used a personal email account based on a private server in her Chappaqua, New York, home to conduct government business while she was secretary of state — raising the possibility that she had skirted rules that require employees to keep such documents as part of the State Department's official record.
By then, Clinton's staff had gone through tens of thousands of emails, weeding out those they thought needed to be turned over to the State Department, deeming the rest personal. A few days later, Clinton — who had yet to formally announce her presidential candidacy — told reporters that she'd used the server out of "convenience." She added, "Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones, and two e-mail accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler, and, obviously, it hasn't worked out that way."
That would turn out to be an understatement.
By July 2015, as signs of Clinton's apparent efforts to conceal the email system began to emerge, the inspectors general of the State Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence asked the Department of Justice to get involved, to assess whether any classified information had been put in jeopardy.
The inspectors general said they'd taken a sample of 40 Clinton emails and found four with classified information that should "never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system" — which seemed to contradict Clinton's earlier assertion that she hadn't emailed any classified material.
That triggered the FBI probe, focusing on the use of the server and not Clinton personally. Clinton's campaign announced that she had ordered her server turned over to...
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