(NationalSentinel)Â Political Intrigue: Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has sent an inquiry to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding information that former top diplomat Hillary Clinton and six of her aides continued to have access to classified information after she left office. If true, that would be one of the most incredibly ironic twists of fate ever, given her use of a private email server to compromise national security information during her time at State.
Friday on Fox News Channelâ€™s â€œFox & Friends,â€ network correspondent Ed Henry reported Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had revealed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, and six of her aides retained their access to top secret and classified information after leaving the State Department in 2013.
â€œWeâ€™re learning from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley that she and six staffers in 2013 retained clearances where they still had access to top secret and classified information,â€ Henry said. â€œWhy? They were titled â€˜research assistants.â€™ So the assumption on Capitol Hill is it was because she was writing her memoirs and saying, â€˜Look, I still need access to this information in order to go through what happened in Syria, what happened with Russia. But obviously think back to what James Comey said in how Hillary Clinton handled classified information.â€
Henry was referring to Comeyâ€™sÂ July 2016 statementÂ calling Clinton â€œextremely carelessâ€ in how she handled classified information.
â€œHe obviously believes something needs to be done about this,â€ Henry added. â€œThe only positive for Chuck Grassley at this point is, thereâ€™s no longer a Democrat at the State Department, obviously. You got Rex Tillerson, so if you have these documents on why she retained these clearances, and for example does she still have a clearance today? A lot of former officials get to keep these clearances for years â€” when theyâ€™re consultants â€¦ some of them like to retain it because they say I was in the middle of all of these important issues. I need to keep abreast of it. Been then some of these folks in Washington â€” they say drain the swamp.â€
Former President Obama probably didn’t know aboutÂ this, either.