During one part of an at-times intense exchange, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson read from a letter from Julia Frifield, who serves as State Department assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs.
“Secretary Clinton did not use a classified email account at the State Department. An account was set up on ClassNet on her calendar, but it was not used,” Frifield wrote in response to a Sept. 21, 2015 letter from the committee asking for information about Clinton’s use of an account equipped to handle classified information.
ClassNet refers to the State Department workstations that are designed to allow employees to view classified information.
Clinton opted instead to harbor classified information on her own personal, unsecure email account, which was hosted on her private “home-brew” server at her home in Chappaqua, New York.
Senator Johnson queried Kerry about that. “Do you know if the intelligence community has taken any actions to mitigate the harm by the potential — that our enemies might have had access to the classified material that was on Secretary Clinton’s server?” he asked.
“I would not be able to discuss that in an open session,” Kerry answered flatly.
Johnson asked Kerry if he would be willing to come before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in a secure setting to answer some of his questions “based on national security procedures and federal records.” Kerry replied, “I’m not the appropriate person to ask those issues in that context.”
When pressed by Johnson whether he would be willing to send a representative from the State Department to answer those questions, a peevish Kerry made the question sound too tedious and complicated for him to deal with: “I will evaluate with others in the administration through the appropriate inner agency process who the appropriate person is to do that,” he answered irritably.
The country’s in the very best of hands.