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State Department Review of Clinton Emails Cites 38 People for Mishandling Classified Information

The State Department found 38 people culpable of “failure to safeguard classified information” in th..

By Sunday Herald Team , in US Politics , at October 22, 2019

The State Department found 38 people culpable of “failure to safeguard classified information” in the final report on its yearlong security review of thousands of emails sent through the unauthorized email server used by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state.

“Instances of classified information being deliberately transmitted via unclassified email were the rare exception and resulted in adjudicated security violations,” according to the report (pdf) released by the Senate Finance Committee. “There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.”

The report doesnt identify any of the culpable people and doesnt differentiate between current and former officials. The inquiry, conducted by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, wasnt punitive in nature. Officials who were found culpable received a security violation citation. Those who couldnt be reached have a letter in their files that allows for an appeal once they learn of the violation.

Clinton handed over 33,000 emails to Congress, the State Department, and the FBI after House Republicans discovered her private email account as part of the inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. The State Departments review didnt include the thousands of emails subpoenaed by Congress but deleted by Clintons server administrator.

The State Department began its review of the emails in December 2014 but suspended its inquiry at the FBIs direction in March 2016. The department resumed the inquiry in July 2016 after the FBI completed its investigation. After pausing briefly after the FBI discovered additional emails and reopened the investigation in August, the State Department inquiry proceeded uninterrupted for 38 months.

Then-FBI Director James Comey exonerated Clinton on July 5, 2016, in an unprecedented public statement. Comey concluded that “Clinton and her colleagues were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” The FBI assessed that it was possible that hostile actors gained access to Clintons email account.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.

The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed the FBIs handling of the Clinton-email probe. The OIG issued a final report in June last year, concluding that the pro-Clinton and anti-Trump bias expressed by officials who conducted the inquiry “cast a cloud” over the credibility of the investigation.

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