Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request

The State Department has revoked former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDoes Joe Biden really want to be president? Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden MORE's security clearance after she requested that it be withdrawn, according to a letter released Friday by a top GOP senator.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 GrassleyBurr says intelligence watchdog should be 'independent' after inspector general firing Lawmakers press IRS to get coronavirus checks to seniors Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that the security clearance was revoked on August 30 after Clinton requested that it be withdrawn.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 ComeyIs coronavirus the final Trump crisis? Full appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Tucker Carlson: Biden's 'fading intellect' an 'opportunity' for Democrats to control him 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 TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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 BrennanFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Ex-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT 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 McCabeTrump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community Trump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn MORE.