State Department officials started “a formal inquiry” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server located in her New York residence, and are questioning if she and her assistants should lose their security clearances.
They are investigating her use of a private server in the basement of her Chapaqua, New York, mansion to found out if she mishandled classified information during her time as the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News stated that this information is confirmed by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.
James Comey, former FBI Director in July 2016 stated that Clinton and her assistants were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” But didn’t do anything about it which got harsh criticism.
Officials discovered that Clinton’s private emails included many of documents named Top Secret and “Special Access Program”, among her emails sent to the department by her lawyer, David Kendall.
As Fox News reported the State Department officials are determining if Clinton and her assistants “violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents.”
A non-profit organization, OPSEC created by retired Special Forces and intelligence officials requested John Kerry to pull Clinton’s security clearance, last year but they never received a response.
Also, Grassley, the Iowa Republican, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is independently investigating Clinton’s handling of classified material, Fox reported.
Furthermore, Clinton’s closest assistants Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan, reportedly were enabling Clinton by posting documents in the secretary’s emails.
Abedin had many of Hillary’s emails on a laptop owned by her husband, former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York, which now is FBI evidence box. Weiner pled guilty to “sexting” with a teenage girl and now is in divorce battle as well.
It’s unknown for now if the formal inquiry began with Kerry or with Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The State Department refused to disclose any aspect of their inquiry into the former Secretary and her assistants, informing Saagar Enjeti, TheDCNF’s Pentagon and foreign affairs correspondent, “Due to privacy considerations, the Department cannot provide any information regarding any current or former employees’ security clearance or access to classified information.”
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