New reports are coming in stating that the State Department stepped up their probe into Hillary Clinton last month.
Fox News reported that as many as 130 current and former officials whose emails found their way into Clinton’s inbox have been contacted by investigators. These officials each allegedly received letters notifying them that their emails from years ago have been retroactively classified and their transmission could constitute security violations.
Officials said that while State Department investigators began contacting these officials a year and a half ago, the probe fell by the wayside for awhile before picking up steam again last month. Senior State Department officials have denied that they stepped up their investigation into Clinton’s emails at the direction of President Donald Trump.
“The process is set up in a manner to completely avoid any appearance of political bias,” said one senior State Department official, with another adding, “This has nothing to do with who is in the White House. This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails …”
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However, multiple officials that were questioned told reporters that investigators seemed to be pursuing the matter “reluctantly, and under external pressure.” Jeffrey Feltman, a former assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, said that he thought the recent retroactive classification of more than fifty of his emails to be highly unusual.
“I’d like to think that this is just routine, but something strange is going on,” Feltman said.
Since the FBI investigation of the Clinton email case closed before the 2016 election, those officials who are being questioned will not face criminal prosecution. The investigation into Clinton’s emails was originally launched in July of 2015 following a referral from the intelligence community inspector general. One year later, in July of 2016, then-FBI director James Comey announced he was recommending the case be closed with no charges, saying at the time that Clinton and her aides’ handling of classified information was “extremely careless” but not criminal.
People Magazine reported that this comes after Clinton launched yet another attack on President Trump while defending Democratic candidates who have been criticized by the public.
“This man must be defeated,” Clinton said of Trump. “People who are putting themselves forward, which believe me, is a really difficult process to undergo, should be judged on the totality of their lives and their service.”
“We can pick apart anybody. I mean, that’s a great spectator sport. But this man who’s there in the Oval Office right now poses a clear and present danger to the future of the United States. So get over it,” she continued. “Look at the candidates, look at what they’ve accomplished, look at what they have fought for — and vote for anybody to get rid of Donald Trump.”