June 25, 2019
Last Monday, the U.S. State Department revealed that it has found “multiple security incidents” involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, along 23 “violations” and seven “infractions” that have been issues as part of an ongoing investigation.
This information was revealed in a letter written by Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor directed to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) who is overseeing the security review.
“To this point, the Department has assessed the culpability of 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents,” the letter read. “DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents… This number will likely change as the review progresses.”
In a tweet, President Donald Trump said this development “is really big.”
“Wow! The State Department said it has identified 30 Security Incidents involving current or former employees and their handling of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s Emails,” the president tweeted. “@FoxNews This is really big. Never admitted before. Highly Classified Material. Will the Dems investigate this?”
Wow! The State Department said it has identified 30 Security Incidents involving current or former employees and their handling of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s Emails. @FoxNews This is really big. Never admitted before. Highly Classified Material. Will the Dems investigate this?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
The State Department has called the matter “serious,” with the investigation set to conclude by September 1. The department said the investigation is taking an unusually long time to complete.
“Given the volume of emails provided to the Department from former Secretary Clinton’s private email server, the Department’s process has been necessarily more complicated and complex requiring a significant dedication of time and resources,” wrote Taylor.
“In every instance in which the Department found an individual to be culpable of a valid security violation or three or more infractions, the Department forwarded the outcome to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Office of Personnel Security and Suitability (DS/PSS), to be placed in the individuals’ official security file,” Taylor continued. “All valid security incidents are reviewed by DS and taken into account every time an individual’s eligibility for access to classified information is considered.”
“This referral occurred whether or not the individual was currently employed with the Department of State and such security files are kept indefinitely,” the statement continued. “Consistent with the referral policy, for individuals who were still employed with the Department at the time of adjudication, the Department referred all valid security violations or multiple infractions to the Bureau of Human Resources.”
Consistent with its procedures, the State Department did not disclose the names of the employees.
– MK. II