State Department Reopening Internal Review of Hillary Clinton Emails

The State Department is reopening its internal review of Hillary Clinton’s use of email now that the Department of Justice has completed its investigation, a department spokesman said Thursday evening.

"Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review," State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday.

Image: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis
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Kirby said that he could not provide specific details about what information the department would be evaluating.

"We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process," he added. "Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations."

The State Department started its review in January after declaring 22 emails from Clinton’s private server to be "top secret" but suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry, according to The Associated Press.

The announcement comes days after FBI Director Comey said Clinton was “extremely careless" when she used her personal server during her tenure with the State Department, but recommended no criminal charges be brought against the presumptive Democratic nominee.

And an Thursday, Comey defended his decision not to charge Clinton before a Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

The FBI director said Clinton "did not break the law" and that there was not enough evidence to charge her with a crime.

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