FBI Director: Not True That Hillary Clinton Never Sent or Received Classified Info over Her Private Email

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2016 | 12:20pm EDT
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) grilled FBI Director James Comey Thursday on the veracity of a number of statements that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made regarding her use of a private server while working at the State Department.

During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of private email servers during her tenure at the State Department, Gowdy noted that Clinton said that she never sent or received any classified information over her private email and asked Comey whether that was true.


“Our investigation found that there was classified information sent,” Comey replied.

“So it was not true?” Gowdy asked.

“Right, that’s what I said,” Comey responded.

Gowdy asked whether it was true that there was nothing marked classified on her emails - either sent or received - as Hillary Clinton asserted.

“That’s not true. There were a small number of portion markings on I think three of the documents,” replied Comey.

“Secretary Clinton said, ‘I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is not classified material.’ Was that true?” Gowdy asked.

“There was classified material emailed,” Comey responded.

“Secretary Clinton said she used just one device. Was that true?” Gowdy asked.

“She used multiple devices during the four years of her term as secretary of State,” Comey responded.

Gowdy asked whether Hillary Clinton’s assertion that all work-related emails were returned to the State Department was true.

“No, we found work-related emails – thousands that were not returned,” Comey replied.

“Secretary Clinton said neither she nor anyone else deleted work-related emails from her personal account. Was that true?” Gowdy asked.

“That’s a harder one to answer,” Comey replied. “We found traces of work-related emails on devices or in slack space – whether they were deleted or whether when the server was changed out something happened to them. There’s no doubt that the work-related emails that were removed electronically from the email system.”

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