House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz is demanding to know whether the FBI investigated the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lawyers mishandled classified information.
“Just as classified information may not be provided to anyone without an appropriate clearance, classified information must also not be stored on a computer system that is not authorized to store it,” the Utah Republican wrote to FBI Director James Comey Monday. “The transfer of classified information from a computer system authorized to store it to one that is not is called spillage.”
Chaffetz asked for a description of all devices Clinton’s lawyers at Williams & Connolly LLP used to store and access her emails containing classified information, whether those devices met applicable security standards, and what steps the law firm took — if any — to “remediate” the spillage of government secrets.
Clinton used private email addresses and a private server located in her New York home instead of the official secure State Department email system throughout her tenure as the nation’s chief international diplomat.
Clinton’s lawyers lacked security clearances to handle classified information, Comey said during his July 7 testimony before Chaffetz’ committee. The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported that the Department of State allowed Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, to keep unsecured classified material involving 55,000 Clinton emails in his office, treatment that “smacks of favoritism,” as national security expert Mark Zaid said.
New emails this week also revealed Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest aides, left classified materials on the front seat of her car while in India.
Chaffetz’ letter comes on the heels of an announcement that the Department of State will soon release 15,000 emails the Democratic presidential nominee never disclosed on the eve of November’s election.
House Republicans like Chaffetz were not happy with Comey’s July announcement that the FBI — despite discovering multiple classified emails on Clinton’s private server account — would not recommend criminal charges for her use as a result. (RELATED: Hillary Completed No Security Briefings Or Courses At State)
Chaffetz’ Monday letter asked whether the FBI informed Clinton of all its findings, and whether the FBI referred those findings to another agency for disciplinary action.
Chaffetz also requested the status of any other related investigations. TheDCNF exclusively reported a joint FBI-U.S. Attorney investigation into the Clinton Foundation is underway.
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