Inspector Generals of U.S. State Department and Intelligence Agencies call for "Criminal Investigation" by U.S. Justice Department concerning the mis-handling of classified material contained in Hillary Clinton's E-Mails
IGs' request is under review, but no decision has been made by the Justice Department --- Spokesman for Hillary Clinton declined to comment to the NY Times
In a feature based upon memos "... provided to The New York Times by a senior government official..." the Times reports on Page One of its Friday editions that --- "Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.... The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.... It is not clear if any of the information in the emails was marked as classified by the State Department when Mrs. Clinton sent or received them.... But since her use of a private email account for official State Department business was revealed in March, she has repeatedly said that she had no classified information on the account.... " (See "Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account" by Michael S. Schmidt & Matt Apuzzo, 7/23/15, NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/us/politics/criminal-inquiry-is-sought-in-hillary-clinton-email-account.html] [A version of this article appears in print on July 24, 2015, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: "Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Use"]).
The Timesmen, who did the Friday report, emphasized that "... [a]t issue are thousands of pages of State Department emails from Mrs. Clinton’s private account. Mrs. Clinton has said she used the account because it was more convenient, but it also shielded her correspondence from congressional and Freedom of Information Act requests...."
The Times article contained the following notations: "The Justice Department has not decided if it will open an investigation, senior officials said...." -- and -- "A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign declined to comment...."
CLINTON TEAM'S RESPONSE IS THE USUAL NON-RESPONSE --- HRC CAMPAIGN ONCE AGAIN FAILS TO GET AHEAD OF BIG STORYSo far, it does not appear that either the Hillary Clinton campaign or the Clintons' personal legal and PR team have made any atempt to address these issues in any way. That would be consistent with prior experience in these kinds of situations. As in several such instances in the past, where Hillary Clinton has reponded late and after much prodding by the media, it is to be expected that some response to this development will happen in due course.
This is a big story that already seems to have some legs. A Google search for "Hillary Clinton News" at 1:30 AM EDT yeilded these results:
"Hillary Clinton's email could become a criminal matter – report --The Guardian-1 hour ago
Hillary Clinton may face a criminal investigation by the justice department over her use of a private email address while she was secretary of ...Justice Department asked to probe Hillary Clinton's email use: NYT -- Reuters-37 minutes ago
Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account -- New York Times-1 hour ago
Federal officials want a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's ... -- Business Insider-1 hour ago
2 IGs urge probe of Hillary Clinton email -- Opinion-Boston Herald-20 minutes ago
Criminal Investigation Sought Over Hillary Clinton's State ... -- Blog-Slate Magazine (blog)-1 hour ago
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Then again, this isn't the easiest stuff to spin. After all, State Department and Intelligence Agencies' IGs, and the New York Times are hardly part of the vast right-wing conspiracy or the GOP's political machine. But, who knows, soon maybe we'll find out that they are.