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DOJ looking at Clinton's emails, could another investigation come?


The controversy surrounding Clinton's private email server is back in the headlines after a report by the Daily Beast said the Department of Justice is "looking into" Clinton's private email server in an effort to get further details on how she and her aides handled classified information.

The report follows the State Department's December 29 release of 2,800 emails from former Clinton aide Huma Abedin found on a laptop belonging to her estranged husband, disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Five of the emails were found to have included classified information, leading to President Donald Trump tweeting on Tuesday that the "deep state" Justice Department should look into the former aid. The FBI reviewed the emails, but they did not change former FBI Director James Comey's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton. Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff, who broke the story, noted that the Justice Department's decision to take another look predated news of the Wiener emails.

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"Few matters have been more scrutinized than emails and it was determined that there was no wrongdoing," said Clinton communications director Nick Merrill told Woodruff in a statement. "Trump's behavior shows a profound disrespect for the rule of law and an unprecedented abuse of power -- with his Attorney General following suit at every turn."

But critics of the initial investigation see the Wiener emails as an opportunity for another look.

"I think the FBI assessment was a political decision, it was improper," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, in an interview. Fitton's organization has spear-headed the campaign to further investigate Clinton and fought in court to have the emails released to the public.


"People want wrongdoing prosecuted. Government officials shouldn't get away with wrongdoing just because they lose the presidency," Fitton added.

The Justice Department's addition look does not necessarily equate to a full investigation. When asked if it would be looking into opening a full investigation, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior told Circa "the Department of Justice does not confirm, deny, or otherwise comment on the existence of the investigations."

Senate Judiciary Committee press secretary Taylor Foy also would not comment on whether the committee would like to see an investigation opened.

"Our focus and central concern has been the mishandling of classified information and alienation of federal records outside of a federal network," said Foy in an email to Circa.

As the House prepares to return to Washington, D.C. next week, the issue is likely to be of interest to Clinton critics.

Circa's Kellan Howell contributed to this report.

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