23 Violations Found with Clinton and Her Emails
What is being identified as, “multiple security incidents” over employees that handled Clinton’s emails has caught the attention of the public.
On Monday it was revealed that Hillary Clinton has 23 violations and seven infractions charged against her by the State Department. This is an ongoing investigation that has been looking into Clinton’s email scandal.
Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa will have to determine the appropriate action.
Mary Elizabeth Taylor, who is the State Departments Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, has stated, “To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of who were culpable in multiple security incidents.”
She also wrote that “DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. … This number will likely change as the review progresses.”
The President made mention of it briefly in a Tweet, “This is really big.”
The State Department considers this to be a serious issue. They anticipate that the investigation should be concluded by September 1. Taylor has also noted that “Given the volume of emails provided to the Department from former Secretary Clinton’s private email server, the Department’s process has been necessarily more complicated and complex requiring a significant dedication of time and resources.”
It is likely that there will be consequences because of how Clinton handled her emails while serving in a governmental position. Taylor has a lot to say about the issue, “In every instance in which the Department found an individual to be culpable of a valid security violation or three or more infractions, the Department forwarded the outcome to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Office of Personnel Security and Suitability (DS/PSS), to be placed in the individuals’ official security file. All valid security incidents are reviewed by DS and taken into account every time an individual’s eligibility for access to classified information is considered.”
The State Department is not planning on releasing the names of the other people involved in security and privacy reasons.
The Department is planning another report release once the investigation is finished. The email scandal investigation has been going on for years Clinton came under investigation in 2016 when she was caught mishandling sensitive information regarding federal matters.
James Comey had stated in 2016 that her handling of classified information was, “extremely careless.”
There are mixed feelings of whether Clinton should be tried for criminal activity related to her email scandal. Some feel that it is not a serious enough issue to bring charges. On the other side of the issue, there are some that believe she was involved with a much larger issue and prison time is what she deserves.
At some point, Clinton’s staff started to believe that they were being hacked by an outside entity. They also felt that their security measures in place were not enough to really secure the information on the emails. In March the Justice Department had made an agreement with Clinton that ensured that the FBI would be kept from having access to her emails.
It was later revealed that such an agreement was reached because of what Strzok would say, “according to the attorneys, we lacked probable cause to get a search warrant for those servers and projected that either it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.”
Jason Chaffetz, who was the former Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, stated, “What’s bizarre about this, is in any other situation, there’s no possible way they would allow the potential perpetrator to self-select what the FBI gets to see. The FBI should be the one to sort through those emails — not the Clinton attorneys.”
There has been a lot of questions that have been circulating since the investigation started years ago. The long-awaited report is due to be released soon.
It will tell what needs to be done to make certain that this kind of behavior does not happen again.
Elected officials need to be kept to the highest standard as they represent and handle some of the most sensitive information about the United States.