Senator Grassley Asks Why "Extremely Careless" Hillary Still Has Access To Classified State Dept. Info

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Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would very much like to understand why Hillary Clinton and 6 of her closest "research aides" may still have access to classified State Department information despite FBI Director Comey's assertion that they were "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

And, after sending numerous requests to John Kerry's State Department that 'shockingly' fell on deaf ears, Grassely has sent a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson asking why Hillary's security clearance hasn't yet been revoked given that "any other government workers who engaged in such serious offenses would, at a minimum, have their clearances suspended pending an investigation."

I have repeatedly asked the State Department whether Secretary Clinton and her associates had their clearances suspended or revoked to which the Obama Administration refused to respond. Recently, the State Department informed the Committee that six additional Secretary Clinton staff at State were designated as her research assistants which allowed them to retain their clearances after leaving the Department.

 

Director Comey stated that Secretary Clinton and staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” and “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information…”

 

Any other government workers who engaged in such serious offenses would, at a minimum, have their clearances suspended pending an investigation.  The failure to do so has given the public the impression that Secretary Clinton and her associates received special treatment.

Fox News corespondent Ed Henry covered the situation this morning on Fox and Friends:

“We’re learning from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley that she and six staffers in 2013 retained clearances where they still had access to top secret and classified information, Why? They were titled ‘research assistants.’ So the assumption on Capitol Hill is it was because she was writing her memoirs and saying, ‘Look, I still need access to this information in order to go through what happened in Syria, what happened with Russia. But obviously think back to what James Comey said in how Hillary Clinton handled classified information.”

 

“He obviously believes something needs to be done about this.  The only positive for Chuck Grassley at this point is, there’s no longer a Democrat at the State Department, obviously. You got Rex Tillerson, so if you have these documents on why she retained these clearances, and for example does she still have a clearance today? A lot of former officials get to keep these clearances for years — when they’re consultants … some of them like to retain it because they say I was in the middle of all of these important issues. I need to keep abreast of it. Been then some of these folks in Washington — they say drain the swamp.”

 

Something tells us that the current State Department regime may be more responsive to Grassley's request for information.

The full text of Grassley’s letter can be read below:

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March 30, 2017

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Tillerson:

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the administrative body within the State Department that handles security clearance investigations, suspensions, and if needed, revocations.  During the course of the Committee’s investigation into Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and the impact of her private server on the Freedom of Information Act, on February 16, 2016 then-Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Greg Starr met with Committee staff.  Assistant Director Starr informed my staff that Secretary Clinton’s security clearance, and those of her staff, had not been suspended or revoked because Diplomatic Security was waiting until the FBI concluded its criminal investigation before beginning an administrative review.  On March 24, 2016, Committee staff met again with Mr. Starr and asked the same questions and received the same responses.  I have repeatedly asked the State Department whether Secretary Clinton and her associates had their clearances suspended or revoked to which the Obama Administration refused to respond. Recently, the State Department informed the Committee that six additional Secretary Clinton staff at State were designated as her research assistants which allowed them to retain their clearances after leaving the Department.

On July 5, 2016, Director Comey announced that “[a]fter a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision.”[2]  Director Comey stated that Secretary Clinton and staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” and “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information…”[3]  Director Comey said.

There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about the matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.[4]

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.”[5]

It is unclear what steps the State Department has taken to impose administrative sanctions.

Any other government workers who engaged in such serious offenses would, at a minimum, have their clearances suspended pending an investigation.  The failure to do so has given the public the impression that Secretary Clinton and her associates received special treatment.

Please provide answers to the following questions:

  1. Does the State Department agree with the FBI’s finding that Secretary Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” and that “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information…”?
  2. Does the State Department agree with the FBI’s finding that “[t]here is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about the matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation”?
  3. Does the State Department agree with the FBI’s finding that despite not recommending criminal prosecution, “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”?
  4. As a result of the FBI investigation, has the State Department begun a security review due to the mishandling of classified information by Secretary Clinton and her colleagues and associates?  If so, which individuals’ clearances are part of the review?  If not, why not?  Please explain.
  5. As a result of the FBI investigation, has the State Department suspended or revoked Secretary Clinton’s clearance or that of any of her colleagues or associates, to include her subordinates at State and her attorneys?  If so, which individuals?  If not, why not?  Please explain.

Please number your answers according to their corresponding questions.  I anticipate that your written response and the responsive documents will be unclassified.  Please send all unclassified material directly to the Committee.  In keeping with the requirements of Executive Order 13526, if any of the responsive documents do contain classified information, please segregate all unclassified material within the classified documents, provide all unclassified information directly to the Committee, and provide a classified addendum to the Office of Senate Security.  The Committee complies with all laws and regulations governing the handling of classified information.  The Committee is not bound, absent its prior agreement, by any handling restrictions or instructions on unclassified information unilaterally asserted by the Executive Branch.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this request.  Please respond to this request by April 13, 2017.  Should you have any questions, please contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Judiciary Committee staff at (202) 224-5225.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary

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Christianman's picture

Piss on that smokescreen. Why is she not in prison?!

buzzsaw99's picture

because the CONgreff is worthless and weak?

Now drop and give me twenty.

Truther's picture

because the CONgreff is a bunch of Pedophiles.... Pizza lovers.

lester1's picture

Anyone still left in the executive branch who voted for Hillary, Bernie, or Obama need to be fired immediately !!

 

Fire people Trump!!... WTF are you waiting for ??

az_patriot's picture

Why hasn't her security clearance been revoked?  I'll tell you why.  I held a Top Secret clearance for about 30 years, and there is NO DOUBT that she received special treatment in violation of usual procedures.  Hell -- if I'd done a FRACTION of what we know for certain that Hillary did I would have been arrested, indicted, convicted, had my retirement destroyed, and probably tossed into the clink.

buzzsaw99's picture

too bad. if your name was clinton you could have sold nuclear bomb plans to the chinese for a million dollars and gotten away with it.

Consuelo's picture

+

 

I think the 'original' line went something like this:

 

'Bill Clinton could have raped a nun on the White House lawn, and the media would have called for her crucifixion'...  

Scuba Steve's picture

There is only 1 answer to the Clintons and Soros ... and everyone here knows what that is.

SRV's picture

At this point we'd settle for just no more hearts...

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

That question is a sound, echoing through an empty cave.

buttmint's picture

..American Empire is wallowing in "EXCEPTIONALISM" with a hillbilly Clinton twist "...the law applies to every one EXCEPT THE CLINTON's."

 

About fucking time Trump's crew showed some cajonnes in going after such offal.

DuneCreature's picture

She still has access because you are all cut throat pirates OR you are dumber than a skid of bricks, Chucky.

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WillyGroper's picture

thanks for posting the TB link.

had it, lost it.

boys are having to work today. ;)

DuneCreature's picture

Make that puppy viral.

Just rename it so AI AL has to scramble to find it. ... Be creative.

Heckle and Jeckle, you know the drill better than I do. ;o)

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chunga's picture

Schiff and Schumer will demand an investigation of Grassley and half the rEpublicans will agree. Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions is resting comfortably at Shady Swamp Federal Nursing Home.

SRV's picture

A quiet Sessions is a good thing... he's working

jimmyfromminny's picture

It's another YOU'RE THE MUPPET, NO YOU'RE THE MUPPET, YOU ARE, NO YOU ARE.  How stupid do these people think we are?  It's bread and circuses...

Guess what?  WE ALREADY BEAT CLINTON!  NOW IT'S TIME TO CUT CUT CUT, NOT TALK TALK TALK. How about using your time to get sh*t done like REPEALING OBAMA CARE and TAX CUTS!  Instead it's blah blah blah blah get everyone riled up so you hope no one notices that IT'S STILL BUSINESS AS USUAL!  BIG GOVERNMENT LINING THE POCKETS.  HFC the only ones who will stand up to it....

 

"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games; from Latinpanem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace,[1] as an offered "palliative". Its originator, Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns.[2][3][4] The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

Peon14's picture

Are you talking about EBT cards and March Madness?  Who would have thunk it the kabuki theater goes on. Or should I say the Great Con game goes on.

devnickle's picture

It's time to cut the shit. Quit fiddling while Rome burns. 

Burticus's picture

No $#!+ Hitlery & her cronies get special treatment (i.e., "free pass"), or else the halves of her fat, withered corpse would be impaled on the spikes at the bottom of the Mare of Steel!  Duh!!!

Bill of Rights's picture

Cause she is still on the Dark Pools pay roll....Dumb ass.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Do you really think the old hag would be out there rocking brash, color-revolution regalia, if she were nervous in the least...?

 

What a freaking circus.

WorkingPoor's picture

Actually, yes. Self delusional megalomaniacs like rodham are scattered through history, convinced of their invlulnerability until the end. Ceacescu, Hussein, Robespierre...oblivious till the trigger was pulled or the noose tightened.

 

As to a circus... yes, bread and circuses until the end... a jumbo sized Rome, with nukes.

Pumpkin's picture

Enough rope for hangin?

Peon14's picture

How many of you find it strange that (LOCK HER UP) has changed to (SHE IS A DIVINE POLITICIAN ABOVE THE LAW)?

1stepcloser's picture

She is Deep state brah!

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Did Trump send the IT guy a form to disable her account?  Has Trump disabled Obama's accounts? 

aaarealdeal's picture

Access to State Dept info???

Shit.  Why's the bitch still got access to oxygen?

That's what I'd like to know.

 

SharkBit's picture

Washington is infested with maggots.  Bitch should be in jail at a minimum.

earleflorida's picture

Having a TS security pass opens up doors for a '~seven figure' salary depending what level access, from such groups as...  Booz Allen Hamilton,       http://www.muckety.com/Booz-Allen-Hamilton/5000259.muckety       the Carlyle Group,        http://www.muckety.com/Carlyle-Group/5000357.muckety       the America Enterprise Institution,        http://www.muckety.com/American-Enterprise-Institution/5000096.muckety    etal.

They alone (sub-out to foreign gov't.s.) supply all personel for the Fed. Gov't.s '16' Individual Intel agencies making up the  Intelligence Community (IC).

But who do they get their marching orders from?

hint: the R&R `s

Bonus?:   Here's a hint on how much influence the Carlyle Group wields--- FOMC/Bipartisan policy Ctr. (GOP)/CFR/US Treasury Dept./FRB/--- and all because of a paid-well lapdog by the name of Jerome H. Powell,      http://www.muckety.com/Jerome-H-Powell/210409.muckety      and this guy, John Michael McConnell... the big shot at NSA/ and a domineering figure of the entire IC [!?!],      http://www.muckety.com/John-Michael-McConnell/4188.muckety

MonkeyKnutz's picture

Looking moar and moar like a third world country every day!  WTF!!

MrBoompi's picture

The "establishment", whoever the fuck they are, are the ones letting Hillary have access to this information.  And in case Sen. Grassley doesn't know this, he reports to the same people.  Maybe he can bark up that tree to get his questions answered.  

TheLastTrump's picture

You going to give the guy any credit for bucking his superiors, or are you just a negative Nancy destructor?

 

It's easy to destroy, hard to build- GO BUILD SOMETHING.

MuffDiver69's picture

Kerry wouldn't even answer his question for two years. The only reason he found this out is Tillerson is Secretary of State

TheLastTrump's picture

Drip drip drip you stinking maggots. Drip drip drip.

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

Clinton needs to be Scalia'd...like yesterday.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

For that matter, why does Obozo, W, Bill and Daddy Bush still have access to the Daily Intelligence Briefing?

woody188's picture

Market advantage. It's how the rich get richer.

mtanimal's picture

Once she was no longer Sec State, she had ZERO NEED TO KNOW.  Her clearances should have been de-activated that very day regardless of what kind of slimey criminal she is.

MuffDiver69's picture

At the very least when your under FBI investigation.

Insurrector's picture

That would net out Trump and most of his co-conspirators.

MuffDiver69's picture

In case anyone wonders why we have spies everywhere pilfering our secrets and leaks come out from every nook and cranny, just read this article again.

This Farkas clown talking about Trump aides and associates and spreading unmasked info around more then likely has same access to classified information....What a shit show.

IranContra's picture

"She's gonna ruin us!" The beginning of the end: internal mafia wars. Time for Iran-Contra 2.0

bornlastnight's picture

"‘Look, I still need access to this information in order to go through what happened in Syria, what happened with Russia."

Bullshit.  She has all this information that Huma emailed to her Chappaqua private servers. Cut the head off and the tail will stop wagging, I say.

CHoward's picture

Use fucking common sense - damn.  She (Hillbutt) is NO longer Secretary of State OR even an employee of the U.S. government - revoke her security clearance like yesterday!

DaBard51's picture

Spelled "cojones"; and yes, about time.

...and the MSM response... crickets, I expect.

 

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Able Ape's picture

She and Vicky use State Dept. computers to store their recipes...