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Clinton and staff retained top secret clearance after leaving State Dept

After leaving the State Department in 2013, Hillary Clinton and six staff members retained access to top secret and classified information to facilitate work on her memoir, according to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Upon announcing her run for president in 2015, she and her staff maintained that access. It wasn’t until after the Obama administration left the White House that this information was verified.

“It is unclear what steps the State Department has taken to impose administrative sanctions,” Grassley said. “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.”

According to Fox News, the State Department has not yet responded to an inquiry as to whether Clinton or any of her staff members still have access to the classified and top secret archives and systems. It is also unclear if the State Department ever sanctioned or investigated Clinton for mishandling classified information.

In 2015 and 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry ignored Grassley’s requests for information.

Judicial Watch, a Washington-based watchdog group, has filed numerous lawsuits to uncover the scope of Clinton’s alleged mishandling of information.

Chris Farrell, a Judicial Watch spokesman, said, “It is so unimaginatively offensive that Hillary Clinton or her staff would have any access to classified or top secret information. 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.”

Check out full coverage on Fox News.

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