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Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request

The State Department has revoked former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE's security clearance after she requested that it be withdrawn, according to a letter released Friday by a top GOP senator. 
 
The State Department—in a letter dated Sept. 21 but publicly released Friday— told Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that the security clearance was revoked on August 30 after Clinton requested that it be withdrawn. 
 
"We would like to provide you with an update on the status of former Secretary Clinton's security clearance and the ongoing administrative review pertaining to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other current and former department officials," Charles Faulkner, the acting assistant secretary of legislative affairs, wrote to Grassley. 
 
The State Department added in the letter to Grassley that five of Clinton's aides had also had their security clearance revoked.
 
Four of the names are redacted but one aide listed in the email is Cheryl Mills, who worked as Clinton's chief of staff. 
 
"As we previously informed the committee, these individuals had been granted access to classified information through a request made by Secretary Clinton designating them as researchers," Faulkner added. 
 
Clinton's security clearance has been a long-running sore spot for conservatives after the FBI, led by then-Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon The new marshmallow media in the Biden era McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE, found in 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information." 
 
Clinton used a private email server during her time as secretary of State, and was attacked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and Republicans about it during the 2016 presidential campaign when she became the Democratic nominee.
 
It wasn't immediately clear if the State Department had authorized Grassley to publicly release the letter. 
 
Faulkner in the letter asked Grassley to "protect" it and said that they were not clearing it for release by giving the letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 
The letter includes a note saying it was authorized for release by Grassley. 
 
Security clearances held by former Obama administration officials have been under scrutiny since Trump sparked backlash when he revoked former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' The new marshmallow media in the Biden era New Defense chief signals potential troop drawdown: 'All wars must end' MORE's clearance earlier this year. 
 
The White House said at the time that they were considering revoking security clearances for former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to know about the Pfizer vaccine announcement Watch live: McCabe testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee MORE.