The FBI is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server – Business Insider
The FBI will reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s
private email server after learning of “the existence of
emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Utah
congressman Jason Chaffetz said
In a letter to the chairmen of congressional
committees, FBI director James Comey wrote that the
investigative team in charge of looking into Clinton’s server
briefed him on Thursday on new emails they found that might
contain classified information.
“The FBI cannot assess whether or not this material may be
significant,” Comey wrote, and “I cannot predict how long it will
take us to complete this additional work.”
Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted
about the news: “A great day in our campaign just got
even better. FBI reviewing new emails in Clinton
House Speaker Paul Ryan released a statement renewing
his call for the Director of National
Intelligence to suspend classified intelligence briefings for
Clinton, who “was entrusted with some of our nation’s most
important secrets, and betrayed that trust by carelessly
mishandling highly classified information.”
Many have taken to Twitter to condemn the FBI’s
decision to reopen the investigation.
“It’s bad enough having the media do the ‘raises
questions,’ substance-free innuendo thing. Worse when the FBI
director does it. Disgraceful,” economist Paul Krugman tweeted on
Friday. “Comey needs to provide full info immediately.
Otherwise he has clearly made a partisan intervention, betraying
Clinton’s email scandal has dogged the Democratic presidential
candidate for more than a year. In March 2015, she first
admitted to exclusively using a private email account to send and
receive work-related emails while she served as secretary of
state. The controversy compelled her to hand over roughly
30,000 work-related emails to the State Department, which have
been released in batches since last year.
But she deleted about 30,000 additional emails from her
server that she says were “personal” in nature before handing it
over to the FBI in August, five months after handing over
individual emails to the State Department.
After examining her emails for more than a year,
the State Department issued a scathing report in
May concluding that she “did not comply” with the
Department’s policies when she chose to use a personal email
account to conduct government business.
The State Department faulted Clinton and previous secretaries of
state for poorly managing email and other computer information
and for slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.
Two months later, the FBI decided not to
recommend that the Justice Department bring charges against
Clinton, saying that
Clinton’s conduct did not
meet the threshold used to prosecute past violators who shared
classified information over unclassified channels.
“In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or
removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that
would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” Comey
said in July, after the FBI interviewed Clinton for three
hours about her use of the server while at the State
Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, has called the FBI’s
determination “very unfair” and has said that if he were elected
president he would “lock her up” over her email
Clinton’s unusual email system was originally set up by a staffer
during Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. It replaced another
private server used by her husband, former President Bill
The new server was run by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked as the
IT director on Hillary Clinton’s campaign before joining the
State Department in May 2009.
In 2013 — the same year she left the State Department —
Clinton hired a small Denver-based IT firm named Platte River
Networks to oversee the system.
Clinton has since apologized for using the email server,
but insists that she never sent nor received information marked
“classified” using her private email account.