The FBI will reportedly 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 on Friday.
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NBC News also reported that the FBI will reopen its investigation. In a letter to Congress, 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.
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The FBI closed its investigation into whether classified material was mishandled during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department from 2009 to 2013 after examining her server for just under one year.
Comey decided in July not to recommend that charges be made against the Democratic presidential candidate, 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 at the time, after the FBI interviewed Clinton for three hours about her use of the server while at the State Department.
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 Clinton.
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.
Facing criticism last year for exclusively using a private server during her time as US secretary of state, Clinton handed over about 30,000 work-related emails for the State Department to make public. She deleted about 31,000 more emails she says were personal in nature.
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.
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