Just over three months ago the State Department 'suspended' its internal review into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or her top aides mishandled emails containing information now deemed "top secret." Now that The FBI's review is over - finding her recklessly negligible and unsophisticated enough to know she was doing anything wrong - AP reports State is reopening the probe warning that Hillary (and/or her scapegoats staff) may still face "administrative sanctions."
Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the department had paused the review to avoid complicating or impeding an ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private server while she was America's top diplomat.
She said the review would remain "on hold" pending completion of the FBI probe. The review could result in counseling, warnings or other action if findings show information was mishandled.
The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides.
Spokesman John Kirby says the emails probe is restarting now that the Justice Department isn't pursuing a criminal prosecution. The State Department suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry.
Kirby set no deadline for the investigation's completion.
Clinton was secretary of state until early 2013. Most of her top advisers left shortly thereafter.
But 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.
Beyond the Democratic front-runner, the probe is most likely examining confidants Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin.
As The State Department explains...
State department explains its new internal review of Clinton’s email pic.twitter.com/levLjiEgov
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 7, 2016
Which has sent the odds of Federal charges being filed surging higher once again...
We can only imagine the level of outrage from the American people should the State Department also clear her after what FBI Director Comey has detailed about her recklessness.
However, given her non-stick nature...
We suspect it will be her former staff - specifically Pagliano and Abedin - that will find themselves awkwardly under the bus.