Politics & Government

Graham wants special prosecutor for Clinton emails

South Carolina’s senior senator has waded into the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email use, calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Democratic candidate’s email use while she was secretary of state.

“We need a special prosecutor, someone outside the Justice Department, to look into this matter,” Graham told Fox News. “If you're waiting on this Justice Department to hold anybody in the Obama-Clinton world accountable, you'll die of old age. It’s sad but it's true.”

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“The public statements Secretary Clinton has made about the e-mail systems have all fallen,” continued Graham. “She said she turned over everything that was work-related but there's thousands of work-related e-mails that have not been turned over. It's time for a special prosecutor to investigate this matter.”

South Carolina’s junior senator, Republican Tim Scott, called for a special prosecutor to look into the matter back in July, after FBI director James Comey recommended that no charges be filed against Clinton for using the private server.

Another S.C. Republican, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, also long has called for a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

Republicans expressed outrage last month when the FBI declined to bring criminal charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server while she headed the State Department.

FBI director Comey said investigators found Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling the emails, including classified material, but her actions did not rise to a criminal offense.

But the issue has not died down since.

Earlier this week, congressional Republicans issued subpoenas to three companies that serviced Clinton’s email servers.

GOP nominee Donald Trump also has called for a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton over ties between the private Clinton Foundation and the State Department during her time as secretary.

Vera Bergengruen contributed; Bristow Marchant: 803-771-8405, @BristowatHome, @BuzzAtTheState