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RPOF seizes on report that FBI expanding Hillary Clinton email investigation

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Fox News reports that the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws.

The bureau has been looking into whether classified material was mishandled during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department from 2009-2013. Citing three unidentified intelligence officials, Fox reports that the probe will now examine possible overlap of the Clinton Foundation charity with State Department business.

The Republican Party of Florida issued a statement Monday afternoon regarding the latest developments.

“Hillary Clinton had to spend 2015 attempting to dodge questions and rebrand herself,” said RPOF Communications Director Wadi Gaitan. “With the FBI’s decision to expand their investigation into her private email server it looks like 2016 will bring more bad news for the scandal-plagued campaign and new reasons for voters to distrust Hillary Clinton.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation Sunday,” Clinton said that there was “no there, there” regarding her email practices while in the State Department.

The report comes the day after a new poll shows that Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main competitor for the Democratic nomination for president, rising in the polls in Iowa, where the first caucus of the year takes place in three weeks.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll released over the weekend shows Clinton with a 48 percent to 45 percent lead over the Vermont senator among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa. The same poll shows Sanders with a slender, 50 percent to 46 percent lead over Clinton in New Hampshire, where he has consistently led for months.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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