State De­part­ment, Arkansas bar still prob­ing Hil­lary over email han­dling

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Stephen Dinan

For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton es­caped crim­i­nal charges last year, but her le­gal trou­bles may not be over — the Arkansas state bar has promised a de­ci­sion by next month on dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

And the State De­part­ment con­tin­ues to probe Mrs. Clin­ton’s mis­han­dling of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, with an eye to­ward de­cid­ing whether she and sev­eral top aides should main­tain their ac­cess to clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion at the State De­part­ment.

“The de­part­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing,” State of­fi­cials said in a let­ter to Sen. Chuck Grass­ley, which the Iowa Repub­li­can re­leased ear­lier this month.

The de­part­ment said Mrs. Clin­ton still has ac­cess to doc­u­ments cre­ated or re­viewed dur­ing her time in of­fice. Mean­while, some seven aides have ac­cess to limited clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, the de­part­ment con­firmed.

It said their ac­cess is also under re­view.

Mrs. Clin­ton sent and re­ceived thou­sands of emails with ma­te­rial now deemed clas­si­fied, in­clud­ing some top-se­cret, from an ac­count she main­tained on a server she kept at her home in New York. The FBI de­clined to push charges against her, with then-Di­rec­tor James B. Comey say­ing she was too in­ept with tech­nol­ogy to put national se­cu­rity at risk know­ingly.

But the is­sue con­tin­ues to dog her, not only at the State De­part­ment, but as a lawyer.

Ty Cle­venger, a New York lawyer, filed an at­tor­ney mis­con­duct com­plaint last year against Mrs. Clin­ton in Arkansas, ac­cus­ing her of dis­hon­est be­hav­ior and ly­ing under oath in tes­ti­mony to Congress.

In an email Wed­nes­day, Michael E. Har­mon, deputy di­rec­tor of the state bar’s of­fice of pro­fes­sional con­duct, told Mr. Cle­venger he’s still work­ing on the mat­ter. “It is my hope to have some­thing to you by the mid­dle of July at the lat­est,” he wrote.

Mrs. Clin­ton’s abil­ity to prac­tice law in Arkansas has been sus­pended for not keep­ing up con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments, but it could be re­in­stated.

Mr. Cle­venger is also ask­ing for dis­ci­pline in other venues against Mrs. Clin­ton’s lawyers dur­ing the email fi­asco: David Ken­dall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Sa­muel­son.

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