By:  Rusty Weiss

A bombshell report from Fox News indicates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and six of her top aides maintained access to top secret and classified information even after she left the State Department in 2013.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley made the startling revelation while Fox reporter Ed Henry said speculation is that Clinton asked for and was granted access to the classified information because she was writing her memoir, Hard Choices.

“They (the aides) were titled ‘research assistants,’” Henry reported. “So the assumption on Capitol Hill is it was because she was writing her memoirs and saying, ‘Look, I still need access to this information in order to go through what happened in Syria, what happened with Russia.”

Via Fox News:

When Hillary Clinton resigned as Secretary of State in 2013, she negotiated continuing access to classified and top-secret documents for herself and six staffers under the designation “research assistants,” according to a powerful senator who notes that Clinton was later deemed “extremely careless” with such information.

The staff apparently retained access even after Clinton announced her run for president in April 2015, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The access was ostensibly granted to facilitate work on Clinton’s memoir, but Grassley said he was only able to verify it after the Obama administration left the White House.

Fox News also revealed that questions about whether or not Clinton and her aides still have access to the classified and top-secret archives and systems have gone unanswered.

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