Clinton gives up security clearance along with 5 aides over ongoing probe
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relinquished her government security clearance and requested the cancellation of clearances granted to five aides, in the wake of the scandal over her handling of classified information on her email server, the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Friday.
Chairman Charles E. Grassley revealed that top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills no longer has clearance but the names of the four others were redacted from the released letter.
Clinton’s clearance expired at the end of August and wasn’t renewed, with the others losing their access privileges in September.
In a letter to Mr. Grassley, the State Department said Hillary and her aides retained clearance in order to conduct research after she left office.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley made a request over a year ago to investigate whether Clinton and her aides still held security clearances.
President Donald Trump has long criticized Clinton for secretly operating an unsecured home-brew email server during the years she was the United States’ top diplomat.
While she was an Obama Administration official, she used it exclusively for emails, both personal and official.
According to the Daily Mail, Trump revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s clearance over the summer.
The White House said then that the president was reviewing clearances of other top officials, but Clinton’s name was not on a list the White House released.
The list included former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice and former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe.
The letter to Grassley disclosed that Mills and Clinton’s other aides ‘had been granted access to classified information through a request made by Secretary Clinton designating them as researchers.’
Clinton penned a book that was released in 2017 called What Happened and promoted it on a national and international book tour.
It was revealed in recent days she plans to conduct a speaking tour alongside her husband.
Clinton’s August 30 request came just days after President Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.
‘Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility,’ said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in announcing the decision.
Brennan had become a harsh critic of Trump’s, and critics took the move as an effort to chill opposition as Trump struck back at those involved in the early days of the Russia probe he terms a ‘witch hunt.’