FBI requests State Department to halt review of Clinton emails

uni1459582057{BNN/WASHINGTON} – With a law enforcement probe pending by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Hillary Clinton email case, the U.S. State Department has been requested to put the internal review on hold.

The U.S. State Department planned to conduct an internal review of whether classified information was properly handled in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails when she was in office from 2009 to 2013.

However, the State Department had consulted the FBI about the case in February and the law enforcement agency has now asked the department to halt its inquiry.

The case came to light on January 29 ,when the State Department said that 22 emails were sent or received by Clinton and had been upgraded to top secret at the request U.S. intelligence agencies. It had then been decided that the emails would not be made public as part of the release of thousands of Clinton’s emails, even though the department said that none of the emails was marked classified when sent.

Following this, the State Department had said that it would conduct an internal review on whether the information in the emails was classified at the time it passed through Clinton’s private clintonemail.com account run on a server in her New York home.

Confirming the suspension of review, Elizabeth Trudeau, State Department spokeswoman said in a press statement, “The FBI communicated to us that we should follow our standard practice, which is to put our internal review on hold while there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation. The internal review is on hold, pending completion of the FBI’s work. We’ll reassess next steps after the FBI’s work is complete.”

The U.S. Presidential candidate and Democratic Party front-runner, Hillary Clinton had subsequently apologised for using a private email server for official business but claimed she had not done anything wrong. READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.