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Clinton keeps security clearance, a year after FBI concluded she was reckless with secrets

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The State Department is still investigating former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, meaning she and her top aides continue to keep their security clearances a year after the FBI concluded they recklessly transmitted top secret and other classified intelligence through an insecure email server.

The revelation was contained in correspondence released Friday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who expressed concern about the slow place of the department’s bureaucratic process.

“The State Department confirmed that it is continuing to review the mishandling of classified information that passed through Secretary Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized email server as she and seven former aides retain access to sensitive information,” Grassley’s office said.

Grassley’s office said the seven aides were able to keep security clearances because the department designated them as “research assistants,” allowing them “to take their State Department-issued clearance with them after their official service at the department."

The FBI concluded last July that Clinton and her top aides were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information" and that "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling ofclassified information."

 But then-FBI Director James Comey concluded he could not prove Clinton intended to violate those laws and recommended no

criminal charges.

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