- Clinton emails “contained classified State Department information when originated”
- Some contained “Top Secret” information
–Inspector General for Intelligence Community Charles McCullough
In an apparent contradiction to repeated assertions by Hillary Clinton, an Inspector General (IG) today told Congress that some of Clinton’s emails contained information that was classified at the time she sent them as secretary of state.
In a letter dated today, IG of the Intelligence Community Charles McCullough told members of Congress and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) that classification officials have reviewed “two additional emails” among those Clinton sent or received as secretary of state on her private server “and judged that they contained classified State Department information when originated.”
Clinton, the frontrunner presidential candidate for Democrats, has asserted: “I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received.” The statement left open the idea that some information may have been subsequently classified, but that none of it was technically classified at the time. Today’s IG letter appears to rule out that possibility.
The IG provided requesting members of Congress and the DNI with copies of several Clinton emails that contained classified information, in some cases “Top Secret.” Those have not been publicly released. The IG said that two additional emails have been referred to the State Department to determine their current classification before releasing them to Congress.
In a statement today, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “This information revealed by the inspector general makes it even more important that the FBI and the State Department secure these documents. To date, the two agencies most critical to securing this information have failed to assure the American people that they are taking the necessary steps to protect America’s national security interests.”
Clinton’s email practices have come under scrutiny and possible criminal inquiry after it was revealed she conducted government business as secretary of state using a private server, did not turn over all business-related emails when she left the State Department that were responsive to Congressional subpoena and Freedom of Information Act requests, and destroyed tens of thousands of pages that were not reviewed by independent parties prior to their destruction.
Even after Clinton turned over some of the missing emails to the State Department and Congress, additional emails that she allegedly had not turned over surfaced from her longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal. Some of the emails related to the security situation in Libya prior to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi.