38 in State Dept. nabbed in Hillary email scandal

Saturday, October 19, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Hillary C. with Huma AbedinAn internal probe found that more than three dozen current and former State Department officials violated government email rules while using former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, private email server – all of whom could receive disciplinary action for nearly 100 acts of indiscretion.

“The investigation – launched more than three years ago – determined that those 38 people were ‘culpable’ in 91 cases of sending classified information that ended up in Clinton’s personal email, according to a letter sent to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley this week and released Friday,” The Associated Press announced.

Unsafe to serve

Clinton’s use of her private email for classified information is said to have jeopardized the State Department and made it vulnerable to outside agents.

“An investigation found the system likely was hacked by foreign enemies of the U.S.,” WND reported. “Of the 33,000 emails Clinton turned over for review, the State Department found 588 instances in which classified information was transferred.”

Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) probe and lawsuit against the State Department to uncover incriminating information, government watchdog group Judicial Watch is looking to expose Clinton’s evasive actions and bring her to accountability, and according to WND, the judge presiding over the case is asking the group to “shake this tree” and see what it can find.

"There is no FOIA exemption for political expedience – nor is there one for bureaucratic incompetence," the judge impressed, according to WND.

It will soon be decided whether Clinton will have to answer questions under oath.

According to official documents, the repeated use of the email system allowed sensitive information to possibly get into the wrong hands.

“The use of a private email system to conduct official business added an increased degree of risk of compromise as a private system lacks the network monitoring and intrusion detection capabilities of State Department networks,” the report concluded, which was included in the letter to Grassley.  “While the use of a private email system itself did not necessarily increase the likelihood of classified information being transmitted on unclassified systems, those incidents which then resulted in the presence of classified information upon it carried an increased risk of compromise or inadvertent disclosure.”

Knowledge about Clinton’s covert email system was obtained by the State Department back in 2010, says Judicial Watch, and after the internal probe, it was discovered that 22 emails categorized as “top secret” were stored on her private server.

All 38 involved could have their jobs negatively affected as result of using the private server.

"For current and former officials, culpability means the violations will be noted in their files and will be considered when they apply for or go to renew security clearances," AP explained.

Before Comey essentially closed the books on the Clinton investigation in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election, he condemned her frivolous behavior while she served as America’s top diplomat.

"Then-FBI Director James Comey held a news conference that year in which he criticized Clinton as 'extremely careless' in her use of the private email server as secretary of state, but said the FBI would not recommend charges," AP noted.

Coverup finally being exposed?

In recent months, Judicial Watch’s discovery has turned up more and more evidence uncovering the once-hidden actions carried out under Clinton’s State Department.

“John Hackett – former Director of Information Programs and Services (IPS) – testified under oath that he had raised concerns that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff may have ‘culled out 30,000’ of the secretary’s ‘personal’ emails without following strict National Archives standards,” Judicial Watch revealed. “He also revealed that he believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process related to the classification of Clinton’s Benghazi-related emails.”

A Clinton attorney involved in the scandal was reportedly guaranteed that she would not be held accountability for her underhanded actions.

“Heather Samuelson – Clinton’s White House liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton’s personal lawyer – admitted under oath that she was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in June 2016,” the watchdog group pointed out.

Evidently, Clinton had received prior warnings for her repeated violations of security protocol, but ignored them while continuing her improper usage.

“Eric Boswell – former assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state – testified that Clinton was warned twice against using unsecure BlackBerrys and personal emails to transmit classified material,” Judicial Watch emphasized.

Assistants working most closely with the Clintons were also indicated as major players in the implementation of the covert email system.

“Justin Cooper – former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure clintonemail.com server that Clinton used while serving as Secretary of State – testified he worked with Huma Abedin – Clinton’s deputy chief of staff – to create the non-government email system,” Judicial Watch disclosed.

Two other major players were mentioned.

“In the interrogatory responses of E.W. (Bill) Priestap – assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division – he stated that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President,” the Washington whistleblower explained.“Jacob ‘Jake’ Sullivan – Clinton’s senior advisor and deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state --  testified that both he and Clinton used her unsecure non-government email system to conduct official State Department business.”

The latest documents exposing 38 State Department staff are just the latest evidence stacking up on Grassley’s desk over the past couple years against the former first lady.

“Grassley started investigating Clinton’s email server in 2017 – when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” the AP noted. “The Iowa Republican has been critical of Clinton’s handling of classified information and urged administrative sanctions.”

 

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