Clinton Emails: Violations, but No 'Deliberate Mishandling'

State Department wraps up 3-year investigation
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2019 7:30 AM CDT
Clinton Emails: Many Violations, No 'Deliberate Mishandling'
Hillary Clinton gives a lecture at Rackham Auditorium on Oct. 10, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (Jacob Hamilton/Ann Arbor News via AP)

A three-year-long internal State Department probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server has wrapped up, and dozens may be facing disciplinary action, though, per the AP, the investigation found "no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information." According to a report submitted to Congress this week, 38 past and current employees were found to have committed the infractions involving info considered classified (either in the past or now), with a total of 588 violations in total over 33,000 emails turned over by Clinton's camp; of those violations, however, nearly 500 of them could not be assigned fault. Despite investigators noting that most of the employees under the microscope "were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them," they're also not letting those workers completely off the hook.

"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 notes. "Culpable" current employees, who weren't identified, could face disciplinary action, though it wasn't spelled out what that may entail. The violations will also be placed in the records of both past and current workers, which could affect when they renew or apply for security clearances. The Washington Post calls it an apparent "final and anticlimactic chapter" in the Clinton email controversy, though the paper notes President Trump continues to bring it up, despite "new evidence ... of apparent security lapses by senior officials in his own administration"; the New York Times lists examples, including those of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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