Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Presses for More Details about Classified Document Retrieval, Possible Criminal Conduct

Aug 05, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is pressing for more details about the State Department’s retrieval of classified documents that have been in the possession of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal attorney.  Grassley is also seeking clarification from the FBI about an investigation involving possible criminal conduct by Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton.
    
Grassley has been concerned that the United States’ national security interests may have been compromised if classified documents were not secured.  He previously asked the FBI what steps it was taking to secure the classified information, but has not received a response.  The Washington Post has since reported that the State Department allegedly instructed Secretary Clinton’s attorneys on “appropriate measures for physically securing” all classified emails.  Grassley is seeking from the State Department details about these instructions as well as the classified information nondisclosure agreements signed by Clinton, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

Grassley sought clarification from the FBI on whether confirmation exists of a State Department Office of Inspector General investigation involving potential criminal conduct by Abedin, a top aide to Clinton, over work status and leave arrangements.   Grassley’s staff has learned the State Department Office of Inspector General transmitted communication to the FBI in October 2013, placing it on notice that the inspector general’s investigation was no longer a preliminary matter but a full-fledged criminal investigation into Abedin.  However, there have been public denials that the information provided to the committee is accurate.  “In order for the Committee to assess the veracity of the information provided in this matter, please provide a copy of the October 2013 letter from State OIG by no later August 12, 2015,” Grassley wrote to FBI director James Comey.  “If no such letter exists, please advise the Committee immediately.”  In a prior letter, Grassley asked the State Department Office of Inspector General for all related communications.

The text of Grassley’s latest letters are below.  A signed copy of the letter to Secretary of State John Kerry can be found here.  A signed copy of the letter to FBI Director James Comey can be found here.

August 5, 2015

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary
United States Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

On July 27, 2015, I wrote to you regarding recent notifications by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC OIG) and the Inspector General of the State Department (State OIG) to the FBI, State Department, and several Intelligence Community agencies of a compromise of national security information in connection with Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-governmental email server while Secretary of State.  Specifically, in a sample of 40 of Secretary Clinton’s emails, the IC OIG identified four emails that contain classified information.  And on July 31, 2015, the Department of State released approximately 1,300 additional emails from Secretary Clinton and 41 included redactions of classified material.

The IC OIG and State OIG notified my Judiciary Committee staff on July 24, 2015 that Secretary Clinton’s personal attorney, David Kendall, was in possession of a thumb drive that contained the previously mentioned classified emails.  On August 4, 2015 the Washington Post reported that the State Department allegedly instructed Secretary Clinton’s attorneys on “appropriate measures for physically securing” all classified emails.   

Accordingly, in furtherance of the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into this matter, please produce all records relating to the instructions the State Department provided to Mr. Kendall regarding his obligation to secure the thumb drive and all classified emails in his possession.  In addition, the Committee requests a copy of the SF-312 (Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement) signed by Secretary Clinton, Ms. Huma Abedin, and Ms. Cheryl Mills.
Please respond by August 12, 2015.  If you have any questions, contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Committee Staff at (202) 224-5225.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley            
Chairman    
Committee on the Judiciary


August 5, 2015

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr.
Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535

Dear Mr. Comey:

The Judiciary Committee has learned that the Office of Inspector General for the Department of State (State OIG) opened an investigation involving potential criminal conduct by Ms. Huma Abedin while she worked for the Department of State under then-Secretary Clinton.  Specifically, the investigation examined the circumstances of Ms. Abedin’s work arrangements, leave status, and conversion from a full-time Department of State employee to a Special Government Employee (SGE) and Senior Advisor to former Secretary Clinton.  

During the course of its investigation into this matter, the Committee has learned that the State OIG transmitted a letter, notice, or other similar communication (“letter”) to the FBI in October 2013 placing it on notice that State OIG’s investigation was no longer a preliminary matter but a full-fledged criminal investigation into Ms. Abedin.  However, there have been public denials that the information provided to the Committee is accurate.   In order for the Committee to assess the veracity of the information provided in this matter, please provide a copy of the October 2013 letter from State OIG by no later August 12, 2015.  If no such letter exists, please advise the Committee immediately.  

If you have any questions, contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Committee Staff at (202) 224-5225.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley            
Chairman    
Committee on the Judiciary

 

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