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Pressure Mounts on State Dept. to Revoke Clinton Aides' Security Clearance

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Monday, 11 Jul 2016 08:49 AM

In a new line of attack to keep presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email scandal in the news, Republicans are increasing the pressure on the State Department to make sure several of her closest aides do not have security clearance, The Hill reports.

The main practical effect of the move would be to put Clinton in an embarrassing position if she was elected president. Although she would automatically get security clearance as a constitutional officer, it could harm her ability to name her own national security team that includes any of her three long-time aides implicated in the email probe.

Although no one was charged in the scandal, FBI Director James Comey made it very clear that Clinton and her aides acted "extremely carelessly" by transmitting classified information through her private, unsecured email server.

This means that it would be very difficult for the three aides to receive security clearance with such a track record.

Since the three no longer work at the State Department, it is unlikely they still have the need-to-know security clearance they once had, although it is unclear since the information is not public record.

This difficulty Clinton's aides would have in getting security clearance is increased not only because the Republicans have taken several steps to keep the issue in the spotlight, but also because the State Department itself said after Comey's decision that it was reopening its internal investigation into how Clinton and her staff handled classified information.

Although experts say a president has the right to override any recommendations on security clearance, it would put Clinton in an awkward position if she did so and would be sure to get quite a bit of negative publicity.

The Wall Street Journal points out that the first test of what exactly will happen with the aides could come within a few weeks when the intelligence community begins briefings for the presidential nominees.

At these meetings with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the candidates are usually allowed to bring a few senior staff members, who must have the appropriate security clearance in order to attend, so it will be interesting to see if Clinton tries to bring any of the three aides implicated in the scandal.

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In a new line of attack to keep presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email scandal in the news, Republicans are increasing the pressure on the State Department to make sure several of her closest aides do not have security clearance, The Hill reports.
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