FBI says Clinton email investigation 'ongoing,' will not identify targets
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) —
The FBI has confirmed that its investigation regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for her government business is "ongoing."
In a letter to a State Department official last week, FBI General Counsel James Baker acknowledged that the agency is conducting an investigation of "matters related to former Secretary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server."
However, in the letter obtained by Judicial Watch, Baker declined to identify "the specific focus, scope or potential targets" of the investigation because the disclosure could affect ongoing law enforcement activity.
Nobody has been accused of a crime in connection with the case, but Clinton's critics have alleged that she or her aides may have violated federal law by mishandling classified information.
Although Clinton, who is now the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has said she did not send or receive any material that was marked classified at the time, over 1,300 of her emails have now been designated as classified and 22 have been deemed "top secret."
Clinton's campaign has decried "over-classification run amok" and the candidate said at a debate last week that she is certain nothing will come out of the FBI investigation that would derail her campaign.
The FBI has provided no timeline for when its investigation will be complete and officials say the pressure of the presidential election will not impact their work. Some Republicans have called for a special prosecutor to be appointed, but Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the Associated Press Monday that the case is being handled by career attorneys free of political influence.
"Clinton's conduct was a severe error in judgment that grossly endangered our national security and put highly classified information at risk," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement responding to the FBI confirmation of the ongoing investigation. "This development is another reminder Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted with the presidency."
Judicial Watch also released 70 pages of Clinton aide Huma Abedin's emails Tuesday, including some that were previously released by the State Department. The group alleged that the documents prove Clinton and her staff discussed sensitive scheduling matters over the non-secure email system.
In one email, which had also been released by the State Department in October, Clinton asked Abedin to print information from British Prime Minister Tony Blair that has since been declared classified.
The State Department had been ordered by a judge to make all of Clinton's work-related emails public by the end of January in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, but the agency said late last month that 7,000 pages of documents still needed to be reviewed.
The department sought an extension until the end of February to release the final batch of documents. An attorney for Vice reporter Jason Leopold objected to the delay, arguing the public had an interest in seeing Clinton's emails before all of the February primaries are over.
According to Politico, a judge said at a hearing Tuesday that the State Department "should expect to produce something on the 18th, if not sooner."