More than a dozen people broke State Department rules in handling former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails, resulting in 23 violations and seven infractions of security protocols, multiple reports stated.
The information came in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who oversees the security review, Fox News reported.
According to the Washington Times, some of the 15 people got write-ups placed in their security files at the department that could affect future attempts to gain security clearances, the department said.
“The department considers and violation of security policies to be a serious matter,” wrote Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistance secretary for legislative affairs.
The State Department, calling the matter “serious,” said it expected to conclude the investigation by Sept. 1, Fox News reported.
Taylor wrote that disciplinary consequences were pending.
“In every instance in which the Department found an individual to be culpable of a valid security violation or three or more infractions, the Department forwarded the outcome to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Office of Personnel Security and Suitability (DS/PSS), to be placed in the individuals’ official security file,” Taylor wrote.
“This referral occurred whether or not the individual was currently employed with the Department of State and such security files are kept indefinitely,” Taylor added. “Consistent with the referral policy, for individuals who were still employed with the Department at the time of adjudication, the Department referred all valid security violations or multiple infractions to the Bureau of Human Resources.”
The State Department declined to release the names of the employees.
Investigations in 2016 found nearly two dozen emails Clinton sent or received contained top secret information, while more than 2,000 others contained classified information, the Washington Times noted.