According to a Betsy Woodruff report in the Daily Beast, Jeff Sessions’ DOJ is taking a new look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and her handling of classified information while she ran the state department for Barack Obama. Also being reviewed is the way the initial investigation was handled.
Officials’ questions include how much classified information was sent over Clinton’s server; who put that information into an unclassified environment, and how; and which investigators knew about these matters and when.
The source also said the DOJ is looking into the immunity agreements that Clinton aides may have made.
Other officials Woodruff spoke to contend that the President’s statement and tweets about reopening the investigation and especially his recent tweet about tossing Huma Abedin into the pokey have put the Justice Dept. between a rock and a hard place. “They need to looking into the matter in a way consistent with normal Justice Department approaches, avoid the appearance that they are trying ‘to put Huma in jail.’”
According to the Daily Beast sources, the DOJ had started its investigation into the Hillary emails and her handling of classified information way before last weeks release to Judicial Watch of Huma Abedin emails residing on Anthony Weiner’s computer. Some of those emails contained classified information.
Stephen Boyd, who heads the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs, appeared to hint at the department’s interest in Clinton’s emails in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Nov. 13. In the letter, Boyd wrote that that Sessions “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues” the chairman was concerned about. He also wrote that those prosecutors would “make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened,” and that they would send those recommendations directly to the attorney general and his top deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
(…) Mark Corallo—a former spokesperson for Trump’s legal team and the John Ashcroft-era Justice Department—also said it’s a good sign.
“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.”
“It’s about time they’re doing a review of this whole mess,” he added.
Woodruff also spoke to many on Team Clinton who universally slammed the new investigation calling it an abuse of power and/or an attempt to misdirect the public away from the Russia investigation…