Top Republican to Launch Investigation of Clinton Emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to announce an investigation this week into Hillary Clinton’s use of email when she led the State Department, ABC News reported on Sunday.

ABC said that top Republicans briefed the program about Speaker John Boehner’s plan to investigate Clinton’s use of her personal email address when she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013

However, the network did not state whether the probe would be separate from an ongoing House investigation and additional actions being considered by an oversight committee.

Clinton’s failure to use a government email address has sparked a storm of criticism even as she lays the groundwork for an expected 2016 presidential bid. At a news conference last Tuesday, she ysaid her private email address was a “convenience” so she would not have to carry two mobile devices.

Clinton’s use of a personal email address first surfaced as congressional panels investigated the 2012 aattack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.