In response to a request from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the State Department revealed Monday that they had found 15 individuals in violation of several security protocols in relation to their handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails. In their letter to Grassley, the department confirmed that they had identified “multiple security incidents” employees of State and that they had issued 23 “violations” and seven further “infractions” as part of an ongoing investigation.
In the letter, State Department Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor said, “To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents. DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. This number will likely change as the review progresses.”
What is the approximate chance that any of these current and former employees will be held legally accountable for these infractions? Because at this stage in the game, it’s almost wrong to imply that they will. After all, this all stems from the wrongdoing of their boss at the time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As we know, Clinton got off scot-free. How fair is it to then hold her underlings accountable for activities that she herself was not held accountable for?
Taylor also explained why the State Department’s internal investigation was taking so long.
“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,” Taylor wrote.
Which, of course, brings to mind the question of exactly how the FBI was able to so quickly come to their own investigative conclusions. We suppose Peter Strzok’s crack team of agents were just really good speed-readers.
“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,” Taylor wrote. “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 did not reveal the names of the employees.