The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her stay there, a problem that has derailed her 2016 campaign to become president.
The administration of Donald Trump has told no less than 130 current and former department employees that the emails they sent to the private email from then Secretary Clinton are being investigated, The Washington Post reported.
Trump & # 39; s complaints about Clinton & # 39; s use of a private email server – causing supporters to yell back at his campaign meetings & # 39; to lock her up & # 39; – was one of the most effective tools he used against Clinton in their 2016 matchup.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her stay there
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is sitting with his wife Susan at a welcome ceremony in honor of the new joint chiefs of staff chairman army general Mark Milley
Employees were informed that the emails they sent years ago were classified retroactively and are now potential security breaches.
At the time, the e-mails were considered routine e-mails and did not have the classified indication.
In almost all cases, the newly classified information was sent to Clinton's private server.
& # 39; It was found that some of these emails at the time of sending contained secret information that was not marked as such & # 39 ;, read a letter to an employee of CNN.
& # 39; It has been determined that you may be guilty of [outdated] security incidents, & # 39; noted the letter signed by Aaron Utley, head of the Program Applications department.
The investigation could result in a note in an employee's employment file stating that he or she has misused secret information, The New York Times reported with reference to former department officials.
This may result in the person being unable to obtain security clearance in the future and having to wait longer for approval.
Foreign ministry officials argued that they are following the standard protocol because an investigation was started during the Barack Obama administration and that has just ended.
& # 39; This has nothing to do with who is in the White House & # 39 ;, a senior government official who spoke The Washington Post on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the probe. & # 39; This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails, which is around 3½ years. & # 39;
But some claimed that the investigation is yet another example of Trump using his executive power against political rivals and following the release of a transcript of a telephone conversation on July 25 between the President and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing that Trump are counterparty asks to investigate Joe Biden, the predecessor of the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020.
However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies that there is politics going on.
& # 39; The process is set up in such a way that any appearance of political bias is completely avoided & # 39 ;, another official told The Post.
President Trump used Clinton & # 39; s private email server against her in the 2016 campaign, where he led campaign meetings in chants of & # 39; locking her up & # 39;
In many cases, the employees in question did not send emails directly to Clinton's private email. They were sent to the then Secretary of State William Burns or Jake Sullivan, the former director of policy planning, and then forwarded the messages to Clinton & # 39; s private account.
The investigation is completed during the term of office of Mike Pompeo, who, prior to joining the Trump government, was a Republican member of the House who was part of the special commission investigating the raid on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya. Pompeo aggressively interrogated Clinton during her appearance for that panel.
The FBI has investigated the use of the private server by Clinton.
In July 2016, then FBI director James Comey announced that the agency investigation had determined that she was & # 39; extremely carefree & # 39; had been, but recommended that no charges be filed.
But Comey started a political firestorm when he informed Congress – on October 28, 2016, days before the election – the FBI had begun investigating newly discovered e-mail. Less than a week later, on November 6, Comey informed Congress that the FBI had not changed its original conclusion on the case.
Democrats accused him of giving Trump the presidential election.
The Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice announced in June 2018 that it had found no evidence of political bias in the Clinton e-mail probe.
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