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.
Sources: Opposing Views