This is long overdue and I don’t hold out much hope that it will finally nail Hillary Clinton for flaunting the law and national security protocols but it’s at least something. The State Department’s internal investigation into some 33,000 emails sent to or from former Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State has been completed evidently. They uncovered 588 violations and found that 38 people were ‘culpable’ in the transmission of classified information.
The completed report was submitted to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). He is the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee – so I’m not sure what good that will do but he can send it up the political food chain for all that’s worth. It took 38 months to do a probe that should have taken two months. While it found that nearly 600 valid violations occurred, investigators were only able to link 91 of those violations with the people responsible. That’s simply disgraceful and incompetent.
“The remaining 497 valid violations were not assigned to individuals, in part, because “many of those involved had already left the Department during the time it took to receive the emails and review them,” Fox News reported.
“According to NBC News, the 38 individuals cited were not named in the report to Congress, but were confirmed to be current and former State Department Officials.
“While there were some instances of classified information being inappropriately introduced into an unclassified system in furtherance of expedience, by and large, the individuals interviewed were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them in their operations,” the report read.
“It concluded, “There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.”
“Politico pointed out that “the new report is vague about the outcome of the 91 security violations and how, if at all, they affected individuals’ security clearances.”
“The State Department’s investigation was launched following the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into what’s long been dubbed the “Clinton email scandal.”
“It became a major issue of the 2016 campaign, and while no charges were ever filed in connection with the mishandled government documents, former FBI director James Comey criticized Clinton for being “extremely careless” for using a private email server while serving as secretary of state.”
In other words, they deliberately dragged their feet and ran out the clock so everyone would walk. This development follows reports that the State Department had widened its inquiry into Clinton’s private email server usage, with investigators questioning numerous aides of the Obama-era official in the past month. But it was pretty much all smoke and mirrors if you ask me.
“This has nothing to do with who is in the White House,” an official affirmed to the Washington Post. “This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails, which is about three and a half years.” This did not have to take anywhere near that long if they were truly intent on determining if the law had been broken and our national security had been breached.
“A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) review of Clinton’s server found over 100 emails contained classified information, including 65 emails deemed “Secret” and 22 considered “Top Secret.” In addition, 2,093 emails, which were not labeled classified, were retroactively classified by the State Department.
“Several experts have argued Clinton broke multiple laws, including 18 U.S. Code § 1924, which forbids “unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”
“Yet, the FBI ruled in July 2016 that Clinton did not commit any crimes, despite characterizing her private email usage as “reckless.” Then-FBI Director James Comey infamously drafted a statement exonerating Clinton prior to the investigation’s completion.
“Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a stinging rebuke of the FBI’s handling of the investigation in June 2018, writing that Comey’s conduct during the probe as “insubordinate.”’
The report does not identify any of the culpable people and does not differentiate between current and former officials. The inquiry, conducted by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was not punitive in nature. Officials who were found culpable received a security violation citation. Those who could not be reached have a letter in their files which allows for an appeal once they learn of the violation.
In the end, it appears Hillary Clinton and those who are guilty here are above the law and James Comey, Obama, and others made sure of that.