The inspector general for the intelligence community confirmed in a memo today that there was classified information in the emails stored on Hillary Clinton’s private server.
“My office received multiple Congressional requests for copies of Former Secretary Clinton’s emails containing classified Intelligence Community (IC) information,” wrote Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. “These emails, attached hereto, have been properly marked by IC classification officials and include information classified up to ‘TOP SECRET // SI/TK // NORFORN.”
SI/TK stands for special intelligence/talent keyhole, covering signals or imagery intelligence work. NORFORN means it can’t be viewed by foreign citizens.
“IC classification officials reviewed two additional emails and judged that they contained classified State Department information when originated,” McCullough continued. “These officials referred the emails to State Department classification officials on 7 August 2015 for final determination on current classification. We will provide these documents once they have been properly marked by State Department.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he appreciated the IG “providing more information in response to the questions that many members of Congress and the public have regarding the classified emails that were on former Secretary of State Clinton’s private server and on a thumb drive with her private attorney.”
“This information revealed by the inspector general makes it even more important that the FBI and the State Department secure these documents,” Grassley said. “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.”
According to the Associated Press, Clinton’s lawyer has now turned over to the FBI thumb drives containing emails that include the sensitive information.
Those drives contain the 30,000 emails that Clinton said were work-related, and don’t account for thousands of other emails she said were personal in nature and destroyed.
The FBI also visited Denver company Platte River Networks, which handled the private Clinton server.
In a March news conference at the United Nations, Clinton said, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
In a joint statement last month, McCullough and State Department Inspector General Steve Linick said the four emails in questions were found out of a “limited sample” of 40 in those 30,000 emails.
“These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department; rather these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today. This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system,” the IGs wrote.
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) jumped on today’s news, stating that Clinton’s “one email away from prison time.”
“She’d better pray the Chinese government doesn’t do a document dump,” he added.