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Department of Justice Backtracks, Clinton Email Inquiry Was Not ‘Criminal’

Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Justice.svgThe Department of Justice has apparently backtracked from an earlier statement saying that they had received a criminal referral into Hillary Clinton‘s email account from inspector generals in the State Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The New York Times reported that, “Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state…”

“A Justice Department official confirmed the department received a criminal referral but gave no other details,” Reuter’s Jonathan Allen reported. But the DoJ walked back that statement later in the afternoon, clarifying that the referral was not criminal in nature.

The confirmation-turned-contradiction of the Times is sure to inflame the heated debate surrounding the allegations contained in the piece. The article had already been edited under pressure from the Clinton campaign, infuriating liberal and conservative journalists alike.

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