July 24, 2015 / 2:53 PM / in 4 years

Justice Department: No criminal referral over Clinton emails

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks down as she speaks during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department said Friday it has received a request to examine the handling of classified information related to the private emails from Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, but it is not a criminal referral.

The department’s statement followed a report by the New York Times that Justice Department officials had received a request to open a criminal investigation into the Clinton emails.

A separate memo disclosed Friday from government inspector generals expressed concern about how the emails were being handled as they were prepared for release to the public.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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