Claim: Clinton retained access to info after leaving State Dept.

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Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state in 2013, but according to writer Malia Zimmerman at Fox News, “she negotiated continuing access to classified and top-secret documents for herself and six staffers who are designated ‘research assistants.’

Pointing out that Clinton was later said to be “extremely careless” with classified and top secret information, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says that Clinton’s staff may still be able to access such information, “ostensibly granted to facilitate work on Clinton’s memoir.” He explained that he was able to confirm this only after Obama left the White House.

“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,” Grassley wrote in a recent letter to Sec. of State Rex Tillerson. “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.”

It’s unknown if Clinton and her staff still have access to the information because neither the State Department nor Clinton has commented publicly about it, Zimmerman reports.

As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley launched an inquiry on Thursday, stating his concerns regarding FBI director James Comey’s July 5 announcement where he said the FBI found Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Grassley also stated that there is “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information…”

Despite her claims to the contrary, classified information was found on Clinton’s private server, along with 22 top-secret emails that contained information so sensitive that to release it would have risked national security.

With Tillerson now leading the State Department, Grassley said it’s time to find out whether officials ever investigated or sanctioned Clinton and her staff for their mishandling of such sensitive material.

Noting that it’s not yet known what steps (if any) have been taken by the State Department to impose administrative sanctions, Grassley pointed out, “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.”

Former Sec. of State John Kerry ignored Grassley’s requests to find out about the matter in 2015 and 2016.

Documents obtained by Fox News show that Cheryl Mills, who became a Clinton adviser after she left the State Department, had access as late as Oct. 30 of 2015. Another Clinton staffer, Heather Samuelson, also retained and kept a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance.

Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch was shocked by this news, stating, “It is so unimaginatively offensive that Hillary Clinton or her staff would have any access to classified or top secret information. It is a mindblower.”

Farrell noted, “Any other government employee, I don’t care what department or agency they are from, would have had their access to classified and top secret information revoked and their clearance suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation into the mishandling of such information.”

H/T: Fox News

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