The Trump administration has intensified its investigation into the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email in recent weeks, reports The Washington Post.
The newspaper reported on Saturday that as many as 130 officials have been contacted by State Department investigators since August.
Those contacted by investigators were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by the Post.
“State Department investigators began contacting the former officials about 18 months ago, after President Trump’s election, and then seemed to drop the effort before picking it up in August,” the newspaper reported.
The Post notes:
Several of those who have been questioned said that the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security investigators made it clear that they were pursuing the matter reluctantly, and under external pressure.
One official said the investigators were apologetic: “They realize how absurd it is.”
“It is such an obscene abuse of power and time involving so many people for so many years,” one former U.S. official said of the inquiry. “This has just sucked up people’s lives for years and years.”
In response to the bombshell report, The Atlantic’s David Frum tweeted: “Simultaneously desperate, pathetic, sinister, and so blazingly hypocritical you wonder how the people doing the work keep straight faces.”
Simultaneously desperate, pathetic, sinister, and so blazingly hypocritical you wonder how the people doing the work keep straight faces https://t.co/XcRi3scC6M
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 28, 2019