Clinton email probe finds no ‘deliberate mishandling’; 38 cited for violations
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Clinton email probe finds no ‘deliberate mishandling’; 38 cited for violations

State Department says former secretary of state’s use of private email increased vulnerability of info

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lectures on foreign policy at Rackham Auditorium on October 10, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Mich.(Jacob Hamilton/Ann Arbor News via AP)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lectures on foreign policy at Rackham Auditorium on October 10, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Mich.(Jacob Hamilton/Ann Arbor News via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.

The investigation, launched more than three years ago, determined that those 38 people were “culpable” in 91 cases of sending classified information that ended up in Clinton’s personal email, according to a letter sent to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley this week and released Friday. The 38 are current and former State Department officials but were not identified.

Although the report identified violations, it said investigators had found “no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” However, it also made clear that Clinton’s use of the private email had increased the vulnerability of classified information.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment to a Clinton representative.

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, October 9, 2016. (AFP/Robyn Beck)

The investigation covered 33,000 emails that Clinton turned over for review after her use of the private email account became public. The department said it found a total of 588 violations involving information then or now deemed to be classified but could not assign fault in 497 cases.

For current and former officials, culpability means the violations will be noted in their files and will be considered when they apply for or go to renew security clearances. For current officials, there could also be some kind of disciplinary action. But it was not immediately clear what that would be.

The report concluded “that the use of a private email system to conduct official business added an increased degree of risk of compromise as a private system lacks the network monitoring and intrusion detection capabilities of State Department networks.”

The department began the review in 2016 after declaring 22 emails from Clinton’s private server to be “top secret.” Clinton was then running for president against Donald Trump, and Trump made the server a major focus of his campaign.

In this file photo taken on June 8, 2017, former FBI director James Comey takes the oath before testifying during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

Then-FBI Director James Comey held a news conference that year in which he criticized Clinton as “extremely careless” in her use of the private email server as secretary of state but said the FBI would not recommend charges.

The Justice Department’s inspector general said FBI specialists did not find evidence that the server had been hacked, with one forensics agent saying he felt “fairly confident that there wasn’t an intrusion.”

Grassley started investigating Clinton’s email server in 2017, when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Iowa Republican has been critical of Clinton’s handling of classified information and urged administrative sanctions.

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