As The Washington Post reported, as many as 130 employees of the State Department have been contacted about an investigation into emails sent to Clinton’s private email server. Clinton’s use of a private server and the subsequent missing emails from that destroyed server were one of the biggest burdens of her 2016 presidential bid.
The State Department, under President Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are looking to see if classified information was transferred to this private server, potentially putting national security at risk.
Although the emails were a popular talking point of Trump’s from the campaign trail, the State Department denies that the White House has pushed this investigation.
“This has nothing to do with who is in the White House,” said a senior State Department official to the Washington Post. “This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails, which is about 3½ years.”
Still, Clinton questions the timing of the probe, given that it aligns with Trump facing an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats.
During an interview on “Good Morning America,” Clinton called the probe an “unfortunate diversion” from impeachment. She responded in disbelief after being reminded that her emails are, once again, making headlines, saying, “Can you believe that?”
Watch Clinton’s remarks below:
“I think it’s an unfortunate diversion. You go and you talk to people who’ve been experienced diplomats for many years and then you retroactively classify what they said 10 years ago? I think it’s really a shame that they’re doing that and, hopefully, people will not be distracted.”
Clinton has been making the rounds on the tour for the new book she wrote with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.