Criminal investigation sought into Clinton’s private email account

The Justice Department has been asked to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive government information with the use of a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, according to a report.

The request is made by inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies following their assessment in a June 29 memo that Clinton’s private email account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails,” The New York Times reports.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2016, has denied handling classified information on her private account, which she used to conduct State Department business.

Clinton’s use of the personal email for official business has stirred up a political storm since it was first revealed in March.

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