Ex-Intelligence Official On Clinton Email Scandal: 'Her Security Clearance Should Be Suspended Immediately'

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is running full-steam ahead, but the incessant questions about her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State continue to plague her bid for the presidency.

Clinton most likely retained her government security clearance when she left her post as Secretary of State, as is standard procedure. Former intelligence officials, however, say that her clearance should be suspended in light of the email scandal, according to The Washington Times.

It has been established that she did use a private email server to send classified information. However, the information was allegedly labeled as "classified" after she sent the emails, Media Matters for America reported.

Now, some believe she should lose her clearance.

“Standard procedure is that when there is evidence of a security breach, the clearance of the individual is suspended in many, but not all, cases,” retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence during the most recent Bush administration, told The Washington Times. “This rises to the level of requiring a suspension.”

The State Department wouldn’t comment on the issue to The Washington Times, but Clinton has an ally in Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee.

In a statement, Feinstein said the emails were okay to send at the time.

“Every official who writes classified material, whether in email or on paper, must mark the information as classified,” Feinstein said.  “They would also be required to use a separate classified email system to transmit the information. The emails identified did not contain these markings.”

Despite this, some remain skeptical.

“A reluctance to cooperate with getting to the bottom of it and clearing it up immediately, that is the reason her security clearance should be suspended immediately,” an anonymous source identified as a former intelligence official told The Washington Times. “Anybody in her position who was resistant to cooperate to get it cleared up would have their clearance suspended.”

Sources: The Washington Times, Media Matters For America

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