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President-elect Donald Trump is again calling his former political rival Hillary Clinton “guilty as hell” in light of a new Department of Justice examination into how the FBI handled the investigation of Clinton’s email use.
The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General said it would focus on FBI Director James Comey’s public announcement of the department’s decision not to bring charges against Clinton for her use of a private server while she served as secretary of state.
It will also examine the letter that Comey sent Congress days before the general election announcing that the FBI had renewed its investigation into the server.
“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the FBI,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!”
Trump used the phrase “guilty as hell” often to describe Clinton during his campaign. But after he won the election, Trump backed off his “lock her up” threats of new investigations into her email use.
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons – I really don’t,” Trump told The New York Times in November. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”