Ahead Of Iowa Caucuses, Hillary Clinton Battles Email Probes – NPR

Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Thursday in Newton, Iowa.i

Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Thursday in Newton, Iowa.

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Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Thursday in Newton, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Thursday in Newton, Iowa.

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The State Department has already made public 43,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails, and 1,000 more pages are supposed to come out Friday evening. But in a late-night court filing this week, authorities said about 7,000 more pages are not yet ready for release.

“State has moved diligently to process the documents and send them to the appropriate agencies for review, a process that was interrupted by the blizzard that struck Washington, D.C.,” the court filing said.

That means at least one more Clinton email dump is coming, after primary voting is underway in several states. Clinton is currently in Iowa trying to fend off rival Bernie Sanders before next Monday’s caucuses.

And Clinton also fighting multiple investigations into her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state.

The FBI investigation into Clinton’s email has been underway for months now. And while the Justice Department and FBI have been keeping a close hold on information, the probe appears to involve whether any government secrets were compromised and how that came to happen.

The inquiry involves not just Clinton, but some of her close aides who sent her messages. Clinton recently told reporters that she’s not been interviewed by federal agents, but that’s something that typically occurs near the end of an investigation

Earlier this week, Clinton told the Quad City Times that her use of a private email server had become a distraction.

“It was a mistake because who wants to put people through all of this?” Clinton said. “I don’t want to go through it, I don’t want to put a lot of my friends through it. So it was a mistake.”

Clinton has said she never sent or received any messages marked classified.

That FBI investigation is far from the only scrutiny the Clinton emails are getting. Reporters and conservative public interest groups have filed federal lawsuits to get copies of those messages.

And Republicans are taking notice. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey — who served in the George W Bush administration — published an op-ed accusing Clinton of mishandling classified information, a violation of the law.

Presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio brought up the issue Thursday at the Fox News Channel debate.

“Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being the commander-in-chief of the United States,” Rubio said. “In fact one of her first acts as president may well be to pardon herself. That’s because Hillary Clinton stored classified information on her private server.”

The email issue is on the agenda in Congress as well. Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley, who leads the Judiciary Committee, has sent two binders full of letters to Clinton, the State Department and the Justice Department.

He wants to know what the FBI is doing, whether it’s going to grant immunity from prosecution to the information technology aide who helped set up Clinton’s private server, and whether federal agents are investigating dealings between the State Department and donors to the Clinton Foundation.

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