The State Department made an announcement on Friday that it had officially completed its internal investigation. The subject of the inquiry was the private email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The outcome—38 individuals were found in violation and could potentially face some form of disciplinary action.
Having been initiated three years ago, the outcome of the investigation determined that the 38 individuals that were found culpable were at the center of 91 cases of classified information that had been redirected to Clinton's personal email.
The findings were reported to have been revealed in a letter that was sent to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley earlier this week. Although the names of the individuals were not disclosed, it was confirmed that they were former, as well as current, officials within the State Department.
After her use of her private email account had been made public, Clinton turned over 33,000 emails for review in the investigation. Although 558 violations were confirmed to have been found, involving information considered classified, there were 497 cases that the investigation could not assign definitive fault.
The finding of guilt will mean that the current and former officials named will have the incident noted on their personnel files. The information will be recorded and considered when the individuals come up for renewals in the security clearances. For those who are current officials, there is the possibility of some form of disciplinary action.
In 2016, after declaring 22 emails contained on the private server assigned to Clinton as 'top secret,' the investigation was triggered and began. At the time that the investigation began, Clinton was battling current President Trump for the presidency. As would be expected, Trump used the server email investigation as the primary focus of his successful campaign.
Then Director of the FBI, James Comey, expressed his criticism of Clinton for her "extremely careless" action of using the secretary of state's private server. He also stated that the FBI was not planning to bring up changes for the incident.
Serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee as it's chairman, Grassley initiated what became an extensive investigation of Clinton's mail server in 2017. Grassley has been outspoken in his criticism of the reckless handling of classified information. He also pushed for the application of administrative sanctions.
According to the Justice Departments inspector general, the FBI was unable to find any evidence point to any confirmation that the server was hacked. One agent from the forensics department went so far as to state that he felt “fairly confident that there wasn’t an intrusion.”
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
When the dust clears, and all is said and done, will these 33 individuals prove to be the first of many more to come?