Trump de­clares Clin­ton ‘guilty as hell’

Repris­ing cam­paign at­tacks, pres­i­dent-elect de­rides crit­i­cism of FBI probe

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US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Fri­day reprised his elec­tion cam­paign at­tacks on Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton, declar­ing her “guilty as hell” and de­rid­ing her sup­port­ers’ crit­i­cism of how the FBI han­dled an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her e-mails.

The US Jus­tice De­part­ment said on Thurs­day it would in­ves­ti­gate an FBI de­ci­sion to an­nounce an in­quiry into Clin­ton’s e-mails shortly be­fore the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion, a move she has blamed as a fac­tor in her de­feat.

“What are Hil­lary Clin­ton’s peo­ple com­plain­ing about with re­spect to the FBI. Based on the in­for­ma­tion they had, she should never have been al­lowed to run – guilty as hell,” Trump wrote on Twit­ter.

“They were VERY nice to her. She lost be­cause she cam­paigned in the wrong states – no en­thu­si­asm!”

Trump had of­ten led crowds in chants of “lock her up!” dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion cam­paign, ac­cus­ing Clin­ton of il­le­gal con­duct over her use of a private e-mail server for of- fi­cial cor­re­spon­dence while she was sec­re­tary of state un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

In a de­bate in Oc­to­ber, the Repub­li­can real es­tate de­vel­oper vowed Clin­ton would “be in jail” over the mat­ter if he be­came pres­i­dent, but later said he would not pur­sue pros­e­cu­tion.

Some of the Clin­ton e-mails were de­ter­mined to con­tain clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion. The FBI ul­ti­mately de­cided not to re­fer her case for pros­e­cu­tion.

Democrats said FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey’s an­nounce­ment of the new in­quiry into the e-mails dam­aged her stand­ing with vot­ers right be­fore the elec­tion, and he faced com­plaints that his moves were politically mo­ti­vated.

Brian Fal­lon, Clin­ton’s spokesper­son, told MSNBC on Thurs­day that Comey’s ac­tions “cried out for an in­de­pen­dent re­view.”

Se­na­tor Dick Durbin, the No.2 Demo­crat in the US Se­nate, said Comey’s state­ments were not “fair, pro­fes­sional or con­sis­tent with the poli­cies of the FBI.”

Comey said on Thurs­day the FBI would co­op­er­ate fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Trump, who will be sworn in on Jan­uary 20 (Fri­day), will not have the power to dis­miss the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Fed­eral law per­mits US pres­i­dents to dis­miss in­spec­tors gen­eral for fed­eral agen­cies, as long as the pres­i­dent pro­vides Congress a writ­ten jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the re­moval 30 days in ad­vance.

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