Hillary Clinton’s former State Department aides continued to have access to classified and top-secret documents even after she resigned as Secretary of State in 2013, according to a senior Republican senator.
In a letter by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday, he wrote that Clinton and her close aides designated as “research assistants” maintained access after she announced her presidential bid in April 2015.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Grassley, launched an inquiry when FBI Director James Comey concluded in July that Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” in handling classified information on a private email server.
The Daily Caller reports:
Grassley wrote in his letter to Tillerson, “However, Director Comey did not recommend criminal prosecution. In announcing that decision, he also noted that ‘[t]o be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.’”
Grassley added, “It is unclear what steps the State Department has taken to impose administrative sanctions.”
The State Department told the committee that six of Clinton’s aides continued to have their clearance enabled even after they left the department.
Grassley said that he has repeatedly asked for confirmation from the Obama State Department about Clinton and her aides’ clearances, but only received a response from them under the Trump administration.