IG: Clinton’s Emails Included 'Classified Information;’ 30,000 Emails ‘Purported to Have Been Copied’ to Thumb Drive in Possession of Her Lawyer

By Brittany M. Hughes | July 24, 2015 | 1:22 PM EDT

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, looking at a cell phone, on board a C-17 on its way from Malta to Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Four out of a sample of just 40 emails that were on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server “included IC-derived classified information,” according to a memorandum that L. Charles McCullough, III, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, sent yesterday to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees and to DNI James Clapper.

Additionally, McCullough said, “we were informed by State FOIA officials that there are potentially hundreds of classified emails within the approximately 30,000 provided by former Secretary Clinton” and that these 30,00 emails “are purported to have been copied to a thumb drive in the possession of former Secretary Clinton’s personal counsel, Williams and Connelly attorney David Kendall.”

“Since the referenced 25 June 2015 notification, we were informed by State FOIA officials that there are potentially hundreds of classified emails within the approximately 30,000 provided by former Secretary Clinton,” the IG informed the intelligence chairmen and the DNI. 

“We note that none of the emails we reviewed had classification or dissemination markings, but some included IC-derived classified information and should have been handled as classified, appropriately marked, and transmitted via a secure network,” the IG said.

“Further,” he said, “my office’s limited sampling of 40 of the emails revealed four contained classified IC information which should have been marked and handled at SECRET level.”

The IG said that he had “referred” the matter to counterintelligence officials at the State Department, in the Intelligence Community, and the FBI.

“As I advised in my 25 June 2015 notification, the 30,000 emails in question are purported to have been copied to a thumb drive in the possession of former Secretary Clinton’s personal counsel, Williams and Connelly attorney David Kendall,” said the IG. “As my office’s limited sampling identified four emails containing classified IC information, I referred this matter to counterintelligence officials at State and within the IC, including the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The IC OIG said he had asked the State Department for copies of the 30,000 emails from Clinton’s server that are now in the State Department’s possession. But the State Department refused to give the IC OIG that access.

“State agreed to provide State IG with limited access to these 30,000 emails,” he said. “However, State rejected my office’s request on jurisdictional grounds.”

The business of the IC OIG is to determine if a department’s practices are in compliance with federal regulations, not to make a final call on whether a breach of security or a criminal offense has occurred.

A spokesperson for the IC OIG told CNSNews.com in an email: “We don’t work counterintelligence concerns in the IG’s office and referred this to the CID (counterintelligence division) of FBI.”

“We don’t make criminal referrals--that is over to FBI to decide how to proceed,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had used a private email account on a private server to conduct official State Department business while in office. Clinton turned over about 30,000 emails from this personal email account for the State Department.

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