Criminal Probe Sought On Clinton Email Account; Times Changes Story


The New York Times made significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department email account last night after the Clinton campaign complained about the story, Politico reports. The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

The clause that cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe was changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.” The Times also changed the headline from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton's Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account.” Reporter Michael Schmidt said, “It was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them.”

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