The Department of Justice will reportedly take another look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email during her tenure as secretary of state, causing some pundits to express concern about a lack of distance between the White House and the impartial law enforcement body.
Officials have been tasked to determine the volume of classified material that was transmitted through Clinton’s server, how that information was removed from a classified environment in the first place, and which federal investigators knew about that process, the Daily Beast reported, citing an ally of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The Justice Department has yet to comment on the story. However, a November letter penned by Stephen Boyd, head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs, to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte seems to suggest that the DOJ was already homing in on Clinton’s emails in November of last year.
“[T]he Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters. … and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Boyd wrote.
Members of the Clinton camp have painted the DOJ’s actions as improper, owing to Trump’s repeated calls on Sessions to re-open the Clinton email probe.
“Trump’s behavior shows a profound disrespect for the rule of law and un unprecedented abuse of power – with his attorney general following suit at every turn,” said Nick Merrill, Clinton’s communications director. “It tarnishes our justice system, and should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”
Mark Corallo, former spokesman for both Trump’s legal team and the DOJ under John Ashcroft, celebrated the news.
“People should be encouraged that the new leadership at the Justice Department is actually interested in a nonpartisan, above-board Justice Department that treats every citizen equally,” he said. “And we can hope that this means they are dedicating themselves to cleaning up the Justice Department and the FBI, sanctioning any FBI agents or DOJ lawyers who are found to have violated their ethical and legal responsibilities, and restoring the trust of the American people.”
Last month, Sessions instructed DOJ prosecutors to press FBI agents about the evidence they gained while investigating the Uranium One deal. That transaction allegedly saw the Clinton Foundation receive millions of dollars in donations after Clinton signed off on the transfer of U.S. uranium production capacity to a Russian company.