According to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email, “foreign actors’ were able to obtain access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release his highly anticipated report on the Hillary Clinton and her email scandal on Thursday.
“Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, including at least one email classified ‘Secret,’” said the House committee memo.
The memo does not disclose who the foreign actors are or what information was shared, but the secret information could “reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security” if it was disclosed.
Since the investigation began, the question of whether foreign actors were able to access Clinton’s email system has been a key focal point.
During her 2016 campaign, Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State became a key issue of debate. Then-FBI Director James Comey announced in July 2016 that charges would not be filed but that Clinton had been “extremely careless” with her handling of classified information.
Comey then announced that he would re-open the investigation just days before the election, a move that many Clinton supporters blame for her loss to Donald Trump.
The new committee memo accuses Comey of predetermining the outcome of the investigation and getting ahead of the DOJ on whether to prosecute Clinton.
“Mr. Comey, as the FBI Director, was the chief investigator, not the prosecutor,” says the memo. “It was not up to him to determine what a ‘reasonable prosecutor’ would do with the evidence the FBI had collected.”