The source of this decision has surprised many. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security clearance has been removed. This happened just days after President Donald Trump revoked the clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. The president also very publicly threatened to pull the clearances of other Obama-era officials. But the former First Lady was not on the president’s list.
The request for Hillary Clinton’s removal of her security clearance came from Hillary Clinton herself. It was withdrawn by the State Department amid the ongoing review at the agency of the former secretary of state and her private email server.
The former Secretary of State wrote a letter dated September 21st to leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was published Friday by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. The letter states that Clinton’s clearance was withdrawn on Aug. 30. It doesn’t explain why Clinton requested the measure, but her clearance was pulled just days after former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance was pulled.
The letter also lists five Clinton aides whose security clearances were withdrawn in September. The names of the aides were redacted with the exception of Cheryl Mills, who served as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department.
The State Department reported to Senator Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee, that it was still examining all of the documents it received from the FBI after the bureau’s investigation was completed.
After its review is finalized, the State Department said it will begin investigating whether there were any “valid security incidents” and whether Clinton or her staff broke any rules.
Clinton was investigated over her use of a private email server during her run for president against Trump. She used the email for business while she was secretary and handled classified information. The FBI closed its investigation and did not charge Clinton with any crimes.