As Guy has been writing about all week, Hillary Clinton has been forced by the FBI to turn over the personal email server she used during her time at Secretary of State to conduct official government business. When Clinton turned over more than 30,000 emails to the department in December, she said that she had deleted an equal number that were personal, including messages about the planning of her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral.
Clinton’s campaign is in damage control mode after an inspector general found two emails sent through the server contained top secret information – which Clinton has denied.
In the midst of her declining poll numbers, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is repeating the claim that the former secretary of state never used her personal email system to send or receive classified information.
Republicans jumped on Tuesday’s decision to change course, as well as the additional disclosure that two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were subsequently given one of the government’s highest classification ratings.
On the campaign trail in Iowa Wednesday, Jindal also observed that the actions of both Clinton and current Secretary of State John Kerry have “surrendered our national security”.
“As governor, Jeb Bush owned his own private server and his staff decided which emails he turned over as work-related from his private account“, he said.
Kendall also told State he handed over three thumb drives that contained Clinton’s emails.
Clinton’s turning over of the server is “a welcome development”, he said, but he declared: “That’s a long time for top secret classified information to be held by an unauthorised person outside of an approved, secure government facility”.
The examination of the server, along with thumb drives containing emails Clinton has turned over, is expected to take months, law enforcement officials said. 2, before Clinton’s campaign announced it would turn over her server to the Justice Department in an effort to blunt an expanding probe.
“We will follow the facts wherever they lead, to include former aides and associates, as appropriate”, said Douglas Welty, a spokesman for the State Department’s inspector general.
The FBI is reviewing the security of the email system that Clinton used when she was secretary of State, as first reported last week by The Washington Post.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said the unsecured Clinton emails represented a “serious national security issue”.
The Intelligence Community’s inspector general said from the beginning that it made a “counterintelligence referral” – not a “criminal referral” – to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “They were not marked as classified”. The State Department has quibbled with the ICIG’s determination that some emails on the hardware were “Top Secret” when they were sent. The statement, which carries her signature and was signed under penalty of perjury, echoed months of Clinton’s past public statements about the matter.