A State Department investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server has found that more than 500 security violations took place on her watch.
Thirty-eight individuals, who committed 91 violations among them, could be identified as violators and face punishment, Fox News reported.
In total, the investigation uncovered 588 violations, but 497 of them could not be traced back to a specific individual.
The report covered 33,000 emails State Department investigators were able to physically examine from the 2009-2013 timespan when Clinton was former President Barack Obama’s top diplomat.
The FBI launched an initial investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, but its investigation ended in 2016 with the FBI refusing to press charges. At that point, the State Department began its internal review.
According to the report, the review was hindered by a number of factors including missing emails, the Washington Examiner reported.
Another factor was the time gap of five to nine years between the time emails were sent and investigators interviewed current and former State Department employees about them.
The report listed as a “serious” challenge the fact that many people the investigation wanted to reach were unresponsive or could not be contacted.
The report led to a lot of buzz on Twitter.
Did you know:
588 security violations were found by the state Department’s investigation into the Clinton email server
Only 38 individuals were found culpable for just 91 of them
When will there be accountability for the other 497?
RT if Hillary should finally face JUSTICE!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 18, 2019
Prior to the report’s release, President Donald Trump reminded the nation of the email scandal.
“What has happened here with the Anthony Wiener laptop, the Server, all of the Emails between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton, the deleted Clinton Emails – what is going on?” @LouDobbs Joe D & Victoria T!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
The report said Clinton’s use of a private email system “added an increased degree of risk of compromise, as a private system lacks the network monitoring and intrusion detection capabilities of [the] State Department.”
“While the use of a private email system itself did not necessarily increase the likelihood of classified information being transmitted on unclassified systems, those incidents which then resulted in the presence of classified information upon it carried an increased risk of compromise or inadvertent disclosure,” the report said.
The State Department could not find “persuasive evidence” of deliberate and department-wide mishandling of classified information.
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