I know we’re ALL tired of hearing about any new twists and turns in the Hillary Clinton email scandal — short of her being fitted with her new orange jumpsuit.
Yet we continue to bring you the highlights in the interest of keeping y’all informed, even if some of our friends in the lamestream media will not.
It’s Friday afternoon, and time for the Friday news dump. So what better time for the State Department to drop this little nugget of an announcement on us?
Via The Daily Caller:
The State Department is “pausing” its review of 22 “Top Secret” Hillary Clinton emails while the FBI finishes up its investigation of the former secretary of state’s private email system, an agency spokeswoman announced on Friday.It is not certain that the review, which was announced on Jan. 29, will continue after the FBI concludes its probe, spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said. “After the law enforcement investigation ends, we will reassess — I’m not going to pre-judge any outcomes on that. The department will take appropriate action to take a look at where we move forward on that,” Trudeau told reporters.
The State Department had been reviewing the 22 Clinton emails, which were housed on her private email server, to determine whether the information in them was classified when the messages were first sent.
Trudeau claimed the halt was at the direction of the FBI itself.
“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 under way,” Trudeau said.
She added that the agency does “not want our internal review to complicate or impede the progress of their ongoing law enforcement investigation.”
Reporters at the State Department briefing were critical of the announcement as well as with State’s rationale for its decision.
“I don’t understand how they contradict each other,” said Associated Press reporter Matt Lee. He pointed out that the State Department reviewed its security measures following the Benghazi attacks at the same time that law enforcement agencies were investigating.
“I’m not going to speak to the details of that,” Trudeau responded.
“It’s prudence,” she said later of the decision to “pause” the review. “It’s the idea that there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”
“The answer is far from satisfactory,” Lee said.
You may recall Lee is the same astute Associated Press reporter who walked out of a State Department briefing last week when spokesperson Kirby refused to provide any estimate of American deaths in the Brussels terror attacks.
Asked if the pause should be taken as “a sign that the administration thinks that the laws may have been broken,” Trudeau said “I wouldn’t read anything into it.”
So, is this good news or bad news for Hillary Clinton? Is the State Department’s move some sort of effort to further stall or cover up? Or is the FBI trying to prevent exactly that from happening?
Is it bad news for Hillary that the FBI has reportedly told the State Department to stand down on its “security review” while the law enforcement agency conducts its criminal review?
The FBI didn’t respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment. However, as the publication notes, news reports this week indicated FBI investigators are finalizing its probe and will soon interview Clinton and several of her top aides.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]