US Justice Department to look into FBI’s handling on Clinton email probe
Jan 13, 2017 07:47 AM EST
The Hillary Clinton email scandal is not yet over as the United States Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General reopened the probe. The department's internal watchdog announced it Thursday and the probe will look into the FBI's handling of the whole email investigation.
According to CNN, the announcement of the probe was expected because the Clinton email controversy was one of the major talking points during the 2016 campaign. The FBI's role in the trial is in question, especially of its director, James Comey.
The Justice Department's Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz, insisted that the decision to reopen the probe was due a lot of requests from Congress. He also noted that there were several public queries about the Clinton email investigation.
It should be noted that many Democrats were unhappy about the FBI director for announcing the discovery of the Clinton emails two weeks before the election via written letter. The revelation allowed Donald Trump to use the controversy to blast Clinton's character and honesty.
The end result was Trump winning the presidency and he will take his oath on January 20. The Democrats are complaining that Comey's announcement dictated the result of the election. However, FBI supporters have argued that the agency was obligated to inform Congress about the Clinton emails.
"The FBI has demonstrated conclusively and beyond the doubt that states secrets that she sent to Sid Blumenthal were accessed by hostile powers, Russia and China and friendly hackers, if there could be such a thing, the Israelis," Judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano told FOX Business.
Investigators will surely use the newly-passed law by Congress to gather evidence. The new law guarantees the government of all access records and reviews, per The New York Times.
Nevertheless, Trump and the Republican Party have been quiet regarding the situation. The Democrats are claiming that Trump's victory was not legitimate because the Russian hacking of the Clinton email and server had a lot of influence on the election result.