A report by the State Department probing into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email for government dealings, released on Friday, Oct. 18, found dozens of individuals guilty of security violations.
The report was attached to a letter addressed to Sen. Chuck Grassley, notifying the senator that the State Department had finished reviewing the handling of classified information by Clinton.
The State Department’s report from an investigation that was initiated over three years ago, found 38 individuals to be responsible for 91 violations from the 30,000 emails that the department was able to physically review. A further 497 violations were identified in the probe, though none of which was assigned responsibility by the department, Fox News reported.
But some of the 38 current and former unidentified State Department officials charged may still face consequences, according to AP News.
“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,” according to an AP News report, which also noted that it was not immediately known what kind of punishment it would be.
The report on the probe however appears to have overlooked the notion that diplomats or Clinton aids used the platform to discuss matters despite knowing that sensitive information required handling through secure channels, according to Politico.
“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 said.
“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 report said in conclusion.
“Instances of classified information being deliberately transmitted via unclassified email were the rare exception and resulted in adjudicated security violations.”
FBI Director James Comey said in a 2016 remark at a press briefing that, although the agency was short of recommending charges, Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
“Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for [highly sensitive] conversation,” Comey said regarding Clinton and her staff’s mishandling of information.