Just days after the FBI announced that it would not be recommending charges for current presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the State Department has issued a statement that might mean Clinton isn’t out of the woods just yet.
BREAKING: State Department reopens probe of how Hillary Clinton, top aides handled classified information.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2016
According to reports, the State Department, has reopened its probe into whether Hillary Clinton and her aides improperly handled classified documents during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.
The move is likely related to testimony given today by FBI Director James Coley which seemed to indicate that Hillary did in fact mishandle classified information during her time as Secretary of State and lied to the public on at least four occasions.
During questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy earlier today, Director Comey was forced to admit that Hillary lied at least four times about her emails and handling of classified information.
The State Department had previously suspended their investigation so as not to interfere with the FBI’s criminal investigation. Now that it appears those criminal charges are presumably off the table, the State Department can continue their investigation.
Although the State Department cannot bring criminal charges, it does have other options.
State Department Spokesman John Kirby said this week former officials can still face “administrative sanctions.” The most serious is loss of security clearances, which could complicate Clinton’s naming of a national security team if she becomes president according to the Associated Press.
This means we could conceivably have a president (if Clinton was elected) that could be limited in what national security issues she could take part in.
The investigation could also complicate Clinton’s possible appointments (once gain, if she was elected), if she was planning on appointed any former State Department officials to roles in her new cabinet.
Earlier this week, the FBI recommended that no criminal charges be filed in the case despite there being clear evidence that classified material was sent through Clinton’s private email server and was mishandled by Clinton and her team. Comey called Clinton’s actions careless, but they apparently did not meet the level of “gross negligence” required under federal law.