State Department Reopens Clinton Email Probe
She and her former aides could face 'administrative sanctions'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 7, 2016 6:56 PM CDT
Updated Jul 8, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
The State Department is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.   (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

(Newser) – The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides, the AP reports. Spokesperson John Kirby says the email 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. The announcement comes just one day after the Justice Department announced it wouldn't be charging Clinton with any crimes based on the FBI's recommendation.

Clinton was secretary of state until early 2013; most of her top advisers left shortly thereafter. But Kirby says 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.