Now that Donald Trump can feel Special Counsel Robert Mueller moving ever closer to the Oval Office, he’s having his Attorney General run interference by resurrecting an investigation into Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.
The Daily Beast reports that the DOJ is starting “an effort to gather new details on how Clinton and her aides handled classified material.” The report also notes:
“Officials’ questions include how much classified information was sent over Clinton’s server; who put that information into an unclassified environment, and how; and which investigators knew about these matters and when. The Sessions ally also said officials have questions about immunity agreements that Clinton aides may have made.”
A part of the decision to reopen the investigation does indeed appear to have been motivated in part by Trump’s repeated harping that the Justice Department should look into Clinton’s email server, which he talked about incessantly during the 2016 campaign, even after Clinton was exonerated by the FBI.
Former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon called the DOJ decision politically motivated and an attempt to divert attention away from the growing Russia scandal that threatens to consume the White House. Fallon said the new probe is meant:
“To give Trump and his allies something to talk about and point to, and something to give Fox News to devote segments to.”
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trump said he had the right to do whatever he wanted with the DOJ and Mueller investigation:
“What I’ve done is, I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.”
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