In a letter released by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the State Department informed lawmakers that the security clearance for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's has been revoked at her request. Released on Friday, the letter from the State noted that Hillary Clinton’s clearance was withdrawn on Aug. 30.

Five persons associated with Clinton, including aide Cheryl Mills were deprived of their security clearances on Sept. 20. Known as "research assistants," the aides were allowed to security clearance even after their federal employment ended. This comes nearly one year after Grassley asked the State Department to investigate and review whether the aides still had security clearance.

In 2016, during the presidential campaign, the FBI investigated Clinton for using a private email server while she served under then-President Barack Obama as secretary of state. However, no charges were filed against Clinton, despite a mild scolding from erstwhile FBI Director James Comey. 

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. According to White House, the president is reviewing the clearances of former top officials. However, Clinton was not on the list of the persons said to be under review.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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