State Dept. finds nearly 600 violations in Clinton email probe, says 38 people ‘culpable’

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The U.S. State Department concluded its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email usage and determined nearly 40 people committed violations, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The department determined that those 38 people were “culpable” in 91 cases of sending classified information in messages that ended up in Clinton’s personal email. The 38 are current and former State Department officials but were not identified in the report that was sent to Congress this week.

The investigation covered 33,000 emails that Clinton turned over for review after her use of the private email account became public. The department said it found a total of 588 violations involving information then or now deemed to be classified, but could not assign fault in 497 cases.

The development follows reports that the State Department had widened its inquiry into Clinton’s private email server usage, with investigators questioning numerous aides of the Obama-era official in the past month.

Some former Obama administration officials have attempted to discredit the investigation by accusing the Trump administration of targeting them. However, one current official retorted that “the process is set up in a manner to completely avoid any appearance of political bias.” – READ MORE

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