Hillary Clinton Email Probe?
Published: July 25, 2015
Hillary Clinton Email Probe?, An internal government review found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent at least four emails from her personal account containing classified information during her time heading the State Department.
In a letter to members of Congress on Thursday, the inspector general of the intelligence community concluded that Mrs. Clinton’s email contains material from the intelligence community that should have been considered “secret”-the second-highest level of classification-at the time it was sent.
The inspector general for the intelligence community has contacted the Justice Department about the presence of emails in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private account that contained classified information.
A spokeswoman for I. Charles McCullough, III, the intelligence community IG, said he sent a referral to the FBI earlier this month.
“The letter IC IG sent to FBI earlier this month was a counterintelligence referral indicating there is a compromise of classified national security information in former Sec. Clinton’s emails. The emails exist on a at least one private server and thumb drive and that was the counterintelligence information concern we referred to the FBI,” said spokesman Andrea Williams in an email.
A Justice Department official said Friday that “The Department has received a referral related to the potential compromise of classified information. It is not a criminal referral.” Earlier in the day, Justice referred to it as a “criminal referral” before revising the statement.
The spokeswoman for McCullough noted that “We don’t make criminal referrals – that is over to FBI to decide how to proceed.” And late Friday afternoon, McCullough’s office and the State Department IG issued a joint statement that further explains the action, calling it a “security referral for counterintelligence purposes.”
The Justice Department does not appear to have made a decision about whether to launch an inquiry.
The New York Times first reported the referral late Thursday night.
The revelation is certain to intensify interest in Clinton’s unusual private server arrangement during her time as secretary of State as the 2016 elections draw closer.
At the outset of a speech on the economy Friday afternoon, Clinton made brief comments about the revelation and the Times’ story, which her campaign has pushed back against and has been modified since first publishing. “There have been a lot of inaccuracies,” she said. “Maybe the heat is getting to everybody-we all have a responsibility to get this right. I have released 55,000 pages of emails. I have said repeatedly that I will answer questions before the House committee.
“We are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right and I will do my part. But I’m also going to stay focused on the issues, particularly the big issues that matter to American families.”
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton’s presidential campaign, said in a statement that Clinton “followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials.”
“As has been reported on multiple occasions, any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted,” he said.
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