The White House says President Donald Trump has asked the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
| AP Photo White House: FBI should investigate Hillary email probe The Whitehouse says President Trump has directed the FBI’s Washington field office to investigate whether Clinton broke the law by using a private account to conduct official business while serving as secretary of State.
The statement from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was made Wednesday morning during a news conference with reporters in the Oval Office.
Trump has repeatedly said he wants the FBI probe of Clinton’s email practices to be done before the November election, which he believes will allow the FBI and the Justice Department to move forward with a probe.
The FBI has not publicly confirmed it has opened a criminal investigation into Clinton’s private email use.
The WhiteHouse statement comes as the Trump administration continues to fight a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee over its role in Clinton’s ouster.
The suit seeks to overturn the results of the November 6 election.
The GOP nominee has denied wrongdoing and said he would have won the popular vote had the election been certified.
He has said the vote was hacked and rigged.
The lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in Philadelphia, asks the court to overturn a Pennsylvania election board’s decision to certify Clinton’s win by a margin of more than 2 million votes.
Trump said at the time that he had confidence in the election board.
“I don’t think there’s a way that the votes should have been counted that way,” Trump said.
“But we’re going to fight it tooth and nail until we get it right.
I think we should have had a recount.
I don’t believe it should have happened.”
Trump has not responded to requests for comment.
A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter.
White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Hill that the letter is “in response to the request” for the investigation.
“It is important to note that the FBI has said that it will not be conducting any further investigation, and the President has made clear that he does not want to see the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s personal emails reopened.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email to The Associated Press that the Justice Dept. letter is nothing more than a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton.”