State Department Reopens Clinton Email Probe

Attorney General Loretta Lynch official closed the Justice Department's investigation into the Clinton emails without filing criminal charges against the presumptive Democratic nominee - per FBI director James Comey's recommendation a day prior.

The Republican National Committee said in an email to reporters that Clinton "continued to misrepresent the facts about her email scandal and refused to commit to cooperating with a rekindled State Department probe into her handling of classified material".

Rep. Trey Gowdy on Thursday read FBI Director James Comey a series of statements made by Hillary Clinton about her private email setup and asked if the agency head would say whether each were true. According to the Associated Press, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that State had held up its own review, started in January, until the completion of the FBI investigation.

He did not elaborate on what the State Department's review would entail, but said it would be "as expeditious as possible" with no "artificial deadlines" placed on the process.

And while the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find any direct evidence that Clinton's server was compromised, Comey said it was possible foreign actors had gained access to her email.

In almost five hours of testimony, Comey sought to explain the Justice Department's decision ending an investigation that has dogged Clinton's presidential campaign and raised fresh questions among voters about her trustworthiness.

Clinton did not answer direct questions in a CNN interview about whether she would cooperate in the State Department inquiry. The investigation was suspended in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry. There is not evidence or precedent for a person in Hillary Clinton's situation facing criminal charges.

"I don't think there's been a referral from Congress".

She also told NBC News, "I never received nor sent any material that was marked classified". "I can speak about what she said to the FBI", Comey said. "I do not believe that they did anything that in any way, they believed, was inappropriate".

Meadows asked, "You're saying the former Secretary of State is not sophisticated enough to understand a classified marking?" As far as the meeting with Clinton, she said in hindsight that she would not do it again. He said that she had a server in her basement with some of the most sensitive information this country possesses.

Although there is a law that allows for felony prosecution for mishandling classified information due to gross negligence, that law has been used only once in the 99 years since it was enacted - and that was in a case involving espionage, Mr Comey said.

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