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State Department Identifies 23 Security Violations Related to Clinton Emails

By Mimi Nguyen Ly

The U.S. State Department has identified 15 individuals involved in multiple security incidents, including 23 violations, connected to the handling of classified information in the emails of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton had used a private, unauthorized, non-government email server she used for government work while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

In a security review of the mishandling of classified information, the State Department has issued 23 violations and seven infractions incidents that were carried out by 15 current or former employees, according to Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs.

Taylor revealed the details in a June 5 letter (pdf) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who is leading the congressional oversight of the security review.

“To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents,” Taylor wrote in the letter.

She indicated that, due to longstanding policy, the identity of the individuals and their current employment status at the State Department have not been disclosed.

“DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents,” Taylor wrote. “This number will likely change as the review progresses.”

She added that those who were found with a security violation, or three or more infractions, have been referred for documentation and possible discipline, which can include “counseling, reprimand, suspension, and/or separation.”

“Upon completion of the investigation and adjudication, the Department will provide an updated response with additional details consistent with its longstanding policies and procedures,” the letter reads.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) talks with reporters as he heads for a meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The letter is a follow-up to Grassley’s inquiry in January (pdf) about the status of the security review. He first sought information about the department’s review in March 2017.

The State Department has been releasing Clinton emails under the Freedom of Information Act on its website on a monthly basis. The full listing, which is searchable, can be found here.

The State Department’s investigation began after the FBI began investigating Clinton in relation to her emails in July 2015.

In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey publicly recommended that no charges be brought against Clinton, who was then a candidate for president. However, he noted that Clinton and her colleagues were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

The FBI’s investigation was rife with inconsistencies, including FBI officials likely ignoring a major lead.

The Department of Justice also prevented the FBI from pursuing gross negligence charges against Clinton.

According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, top officials under the Obama administration had known that Clinton was using a private email system three years before it became public knowledge in March 2015.

Trump’s Comments on Clinton Emails

President Donald Trump said that Clinton should be in jail in a recent interview with ABC News, in which he mentioned that Clinton was involved in the deletion of 33,000 of her emails that were being sought by the FBI.

The FBI was only able to recover about 5,000 of the 33,000 emails.

“She deleted 33,000 emails … they gave a subpoena to Hillary Clinton for 33,000 emails. After the subpoena was gotten, she deleted them. That’s called obstruction,” Trump said.

“And her lawyer should also be looked at because her lawyer—she’s got to have the greatest lawyer on earth because she does that, he did the deleting supposedly—not only did they delete, but they acid-washed them,” Trump added.

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he departs the White House in Washington on May 30, 2019. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump suggested in August 2018 that Clinton’s emails were hacked by China.

“Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!” he said on Twitter.

Trump was likely referring to a report that had been released days earlier by the Daily Caller, citing two anonymous sources, claiming that a Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington area obtained nearly all of Clinton’s emails. The firm had reportedly received Clinton’s emails in real time using a code embedded on her private email server while she was secretary of state, the report alleged.

Ivan Pentchoukov and Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.