News broke Sunday morning that Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton illegally tasked her maid, who lacked proper security clearance, with printing and handling classified information at Clinton’s residence in Washington, D.C.
According to various emails and FBI memos obtained by the New York Post, Marina Santos, was also given illegally access to a high security room in Clinton’s house that is known as a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF.
The New York Post reports:
Clinton would first receive highly sensitive e-mails from top aides at the State Department and then request that they, in turn, forward the messages and any attached documents to Santos to print out for her at home.
The claim is backed up by several emails, including one from 2011 in which Clinton asked longtime aide Huma Abedin to “Pls ask Marina to print for me in am.” The Post does note that this email was sensitive but unclassified.
In a classified email from 2012, another one of Clinton’s aides told Clinton, “We can ask Marina to print this.” Another 2012 email read, “Marina is trying to print for you.” Santos would also grab documents for Clinton from the secure fax in the SCIF.
According to the Department of Defense, access to SCIF areas is limited to people with appropriate security clearances. As a former Air Force intelligence official told The Stream, “People without SCI clearances are not allowed in a SCIF without an escort by someone who has an SCI clearance and No Way are they allowed access to a fax.” In fact, all classified materials must be removed from view before the person enters. Clearly, such security procedures were not followed in this case.
The revelation brings even more evidence of what FBI Director James Comey referred to back in July as Clinton’s “extreme carelessness” of handling classified information, putting national security at risk. Some have expressed concern that the FBI has not subpoenaed Santos, a Filipino immigrant, or the iMac and printer she used — or even the printouts themselves.
The news came hours before FBI Director James Comey told Congress in another letter that despite reopening their investigation into Clinton’s emails last week, the Bureau has “not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.” The agency said that the 650,000 emails found on a senior Clinton aide’s husband’s computer were either unrelated to the prior investigation or had already been looked into.
Daily Mail reports that “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blasted the arrangement on Sunday morning, telling a Sioux City, Iowa crowd that Clinton was ‘completely jeopardizing the national security of the United States.’” (For more from the author of “Report: Hillary Had Maid Illegally Handle Classified Information” please click HERE)