At least 147 FBI agents are investigating Hillary Clinton’s email practices after U.S. authorities confirmed last summer that the former Secretary of State sent and received classified information over a private server, The Washington Post reports.
In a lengthy article published on Easter Sunday, March 27, the newspaper alleged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is using close to 150 full-time agents to help determine whether or not Clinton, 68, violated the law by using her personal BlackBerry for all her email communications leading up to her Democratic presidential campaign.
The Post’s Robert O’Harrow Jr. writes: “The FBI is now trying to determine whether a crime was committed in the handling of that classified material. It is also examining whether the server was hacked. One hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to run down leads, according to a lawmaker briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. The FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election.”
As previously reported, Clinton sent over 3,000 messages — containing classified info — that were emptied onto the internet by the State Department last year. After the scandal came to light, the former first lady voluntarily handed over 55,000 pages of emails to aid the State Department in its investigation, according to CNN, and denied any wrongdoing.
“I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” she told reporters during a press conference in Winterset, Iowa, in August 2015. “So I did, but then I said, ‘OK, so let’s make it public. Now if I had just turned it over, we would not be having this conversation.”
“If we were not asking for it to be made public, there would not be a debate. This is all about my desire to have transparency and make the information public,” the two-term senator added before concluding: “The facts are pretty clear. I did not send or receive anything that was classified at the time.”
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