Hillary Clinton created “security risks” by using a personal email account and private email server when she was secretary of state, according to a sharply critical report by the state department that could hound her in the tightening presidential election campaign.
The department’s inspector-general, an internal watchdog, said Mrs Clinton had not sought legal approval to conduct official business on the server she installed in her New York home. It also said security officials would not have sanctioned the practice in part because of “the security risks of doing so”.
Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential candidate, has used Mrs Clinton’s use of the private email server as fodder for attacks against an opponent he has dubbed “Crooked Hillary”. An average of polls shows Mr Trump narrowly leading his Democratic rival.
Although the email controversy has raged for months, the findings are the first conclusions from an official investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still conducting its own inquiry, which could ultimately lead to criminal charges. In recent weeks, the FBI has interviewed top Clinton aides, including longtime adviser Huma Abedin, but has yet to interview Mrs Clinton.
Brian Fallon, her campaign spokesman, said while Republicans（相对：democracy) would use the report to attack Mrs Clinton, it proved her “use of personal email was not unique, and she took steps（take step) that went much further than others to appropriately preserve and release her records”.
While the report found no evidence of illegal activity, the conclusions will fuel concerns within her own party that Mrs Clinton is perceived as untrustworthy. A recent CBS-New York Times poll found two-thirds of voters do not believe Mrs Clinton is “honest and trustworthy” — though a similar number said the same thing about Mr Trump.
虽然这份报告没有发现违法活动的证据，但它得出的结论会加剧民主党内部的担忧，即希拉里给人的印象是不可信任。哥伦比亚广播公司-纽约时报(CBS-New York Times)最近进行的一项民调发现，三分之二的选民不认为希拉里是“诚实和可信任的”，尽管近似比例的选民对特朗普也有相同看法。
Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, said the report proved that Mrs Clinton “hasn’t been telling the truth since day one”.
While previous secretaries of state, including Colin Powell, used personal email for business on occasion, Mrs Clinton was unique in relying on( 依赖 live off,depend on,lean on)a private server. The investigation said she should have turned over(移交，颠覆,推翻，倾覆=overturn）her work-related emails when she stepped down in 2013. She did not provide them until 2014, after intense public pressure.
Mrs Clinton has repeatedly defended her actions, saying she never emailed any information marked “classified”. The report said she had refused to be questioned as part of its investigation.
Though the FBI probe is not expected to lead to criminal charges, James Comey, the FBI director, recently said he felt “pressure” to finish the investigation given its political ramifications.
Even if the justice department decides not to prosecute based on the FBI findings, Mrs Clinton faces other probes. Her campaign hopes all of the probes will be wrapped up ahead of the election to damp （vt.使潮湿，抑制，沮丧;n.潮湿，湿气；a.潮湿的）the attacks from Mr Trump.
1、republican a,共和国的，共和政体的，共和党的 n.共和主义者
2、democracy n.民主党 demo 样本 democrat 民主人士
3、FBI：Federal Bureau of Investigation
bureaucracy n.官僚主义 cracy suff.统治，政体 bureaucrat n.官僚 crate？
4、CIA:Central Intelligence Agency
5、statement department 国务院
6、secretary of state 国务卿
7、Justice department 司法部