A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says two federal inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used when she was the U.S. secretary of State.
The New York Times reports the request followed a June 29 memo that said the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private email account had hundreds of potentially classified emails.
The newspaper said it was not clear if any of the information in the emails was designated as classified by the State Department when Mrs. Clinton received or sent them.
News of the former secretary of State’s use of a private email account made headlines in March and quickly became a campaign issue in her presidential bid. She has maintained there was no classified information in the account.
The New York Times said senior officials told the newspaper that the Justice Department has not decided if it will open an investigation.