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ears, Grassely has sent a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson asking why Hillary's security clearance hasn't yet been revoked given that "any other government workers who engaged in such serious offenses would, at a minimum, have their clearances suspended pending an investigation."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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buckstopshere's picture

Revoke her security clearance immediately.

Belrev's picture

And why is John McCain not in jail after he admits on Fox that "ISIS is my friends and I talk to them all the time"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHtS3c5olMY

Truther's picture

Time to jail that freaking bitch. Filthy cunt.

Art Van Delay's picture

 

Actually it was CNN and their talking heads that twisted the truth and pressured on the matter by implying Flynn might have something to say and he should (lawyers say) ask for immunity

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toGWa1sIoJE

Truther's picture

CNN..... Clinton News Network.

SenselessPanic's picture

the deep state is alive and well

FrozenGoodz's picture

If we mention Hillary like 3,000,000 more times the Trump Russia story still won't go away

Art Van Delay's picture

And Trump swollen the bait with the immunity. He's so autistic, he doesnt see that flyn + immunity would make TRUMP look guilty

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) bamawatson Mar 31, 2017 12:50 PM

So she can sell it to the Russians, thats why.

N2OJoe's picture

Fuck security clearance, revoke her get out of jail free card!

JRobby's picture

What's a hand job between friends?

It's not like Franken went down town and got 2 blow jobs and then came back to the hearing and gave Ben one?

WayPastCaring's picture

'swollen the bait'? YOU'RE the autistic one, dumbass!

max2205's picture

Lots of people need to go to jail over this 

centerline's picture

The Clintons just hate the thier own tactics used against them, don't they? 

Jim in MN's picture

Elites above the law = TYRANNY

Plain as day

Art Van Delay's picture

Trump is wallowing in that swamp

scraping_by's picture

Immunity's from Congress, not from the Administration. And the whole thing since the campaign started has seemed to rely on not folding at MSM snarks. We'll see how it turns out.

nmewn's picture

But but Hillary is the victim here!

She can't help her own stupidity, her lack of tech savvy and the Russians hacking the election after Podesta made a knot off the uranium deal.

It's just not the comely, pantsuit wearing wood sprites fault!

knukles's picture

A "comely, pantsuit wearing wood sprite"?
Like you'd best keep shit like that well under your cover or you might really fuck somebody up who's done nothing wrong; is just way too high.
A terrible burden you deliver

Seek repentance and salvation or you're seriously doomed!  

Bigly doomed.

MonkeyKnutz's picture

I degress, she wipes her hard drive with a cloth! Now that is savy!  /s/

buttmint's picture

Monkey---it is spelled "digress..."

 

Plus....HRC used "BleachBit"  really---bleach bitch....

Paper Mache's picture

Haha, more like woodworm

Donald J. Trump's picture

This how Evelyn Farkas still got her information?

SoDamnMad's picture

Dr. Farkas needs to be subpoened and deposed under oath before she is found suicided with 2 bullts to the back of the head.

Paper Mache's picture

Yes! That makes perfect sense.

Evileye Fuckerasrse, what kind of googleye fucktard is she? Why would anyone openly admit this stuff. What have they got on her? Lock her up 

 

A_V's picture

Farkas was spreading manufactured "leaks". She was working closely with Crowdstrike and Dmitri. Dmitri was using the DNC server to hack into Trumps servers to leave "Russian red herrings, bread crumbs", she knew that and was spreading the info on the HILL to get an "investigation" started.

Vault 7, clears the way for us to understand that this could be easily done...esoecially easy for Atlantic council...Aja Crowdstrike...aka Dmitri and Farkas...

The subsequent release of vault 7, Farkas bragging, Dmitri back peddling on his "investigation"...now shines lights brightly on the DNC server that was NEVER looked at by the FBI.

DNC server is the smoking gun...long ignored...by the FBI...

IF WE ARE TO BELIEVE THAT THE US GOVT, IS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSIAN HACKS...

why has the FBI ignored thier responsibilities?

They ignored the DNC server because they knew Crowdstrike was the hacker, they know that a white hat inside the government hacked the DNC server...

And the FBI is paralyzed with fear if this double cross ever comes to light.

Farkas
Dmitri alpovitch (sp)
Crowdstrike
DNC server
Comey

= the supposed "Russian hacking narrative"

FoggyWorld's picture

But it has been coming to light and yet not one thing has been done to stop these people.

thebigunit's picture

True.  Nothing has been done. YET!

As they used to say in the old cowboy movies: "It's quiet out there.  It's TOO quiet".

My interpretation is that this is the New York Times way of saying "we be fucked".

The reason that the Democrat aligned media are NOT saying anything about Evelyn Farkas and other things is they realize they are SCREWED.

All the Dems can do right now is stamp their feet anc scream bloody murder about Russians hacking the DNC.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Great Question ... Why does HRC still have access to confidential information??? President TRUMP needs to clean this up ... hire me, I am an I/T professional. I will assure President TRUMP that I will CLEAN IT UP PERMANENTLY!

Is HRC planning a COUP to takeover the US GOVERNMENT????

Between  Clinton, Biden, McCain, Pelosi, Schumer, etc., one has to ASK "What in the HELL is wrong with AMERICANS who support these DESPOTS with REPROBATE MINDS"?

I mean really, what is wrong with these PEOPLE?

I will tell you what is wrong: THEY ARE CONDEMMED, LOST SOULS! Why?

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (KJV)

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Max Cynical's picture

Let's see a list of every document she or her "research assistants" have reviewed (and the date) since she left in 2013.

JRobby's picture

McCain has lot's of "imaginary friends" he talks to all the time (not that there is anything wrong with that?) yet he still gets re-elected!

BullyBearish's picture

It's time to post the list and see if any items have yet been checked off:

1. Pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange as a sign he WELCOMES whistle blowers and putting the PEOPLE'S business in the LIGHT

2. Begin to revoke the fed's charter by putting Ron Paul in charge of a special investigation of fed malfeasance

3. Revoke israel's special exemption from foreign lobbying registration and fully audit AIPAC with an intention to uncover bribery and espionage

4. Immediately indict Bill and Hillary Clinton and others from the Clinton Foundation on charges of corruption, espionage, and theft

5. Rescind all future payments/allotments to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and israel until they are in compliance with international law and human rights standards

6. Cease saber rattling against Iran and Russia and work toward peaceful, complementary accommodations

7. Draw down the 600 plus U.S. military bases around the world and bring the Americans HOME

 

8. Initially shift 30% of the current military budget to domestic infrastructure needs with a mandate of further reductions of 10% per year

TuesdayBen's picture

Why does that incompetent criminal Hillary still have access?

Because 'classification' is a complete farce and US intel a 17-car trainwreck?

Because post-Obama 'rule of law' is a joke, as evidenced by the fact that she is not being prosecuted.

Hata Mari's picture

Well, if Hillary still has access (as a civilian with no current ties to the government), I want access. 

Paper Mache's picture

What exactly have they been accessing? This is disgusting. Lock em up

MFL5591's picture

Because Hillary is part of the McCain/Obama deep state out to destroy Trump! And if it means destroying America that too is ok for the criminal bitch!

tmosley's picture

Not just hers, but revoke it from EVERYONE who doesn't need it for their current job. ESPECIALLY the Democrats and cuckservatives.

devnickle's picture

Revoke her oxygen,  immediately. 

HRClinton's picture

Puhleeze! Why? 

Because Thump, his lackeys and advisors are amateurs and a bunch of F*CKUPS, that's why.

They can't do jack. 8 years of biitching about Obamacare, then screwing the pooch, the first chance they get. 

McCain and Graham are loose cannons, and nobody has a "Come to Jesus" meeting with them.

Mad Dog Mattison is full bore Neocon. He just said that NK is out of control and must be stopped. 

Senile Thump attacks his own base over health care.

Sessions is keeping off to teen-girl porn in his leather chair. The DOJ is a mess and free for all.

Scheming, slippery and spineless Ryan has no control over the House.

McConnell is a cagey feckless worm of man, and weasel politician. 

Kushner has no business being in the WH, much less being Thump's Advisor. Ditto for Ivanka. Both are covering for his increasing dottiness and instability. 

...

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.