Hillary Clinton Says She Did Not Send or Receive Emails With Material ‘Marked’ Classified

Terence P. Jeffrey | August 15, 2015 | 6:26pm EDT
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(CNSNews.com) - At the Iowa State Fair today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she did not send or receive emails that included material that was “marked” classified.

The former secretary of state did not say there was no classified material in the emails she had retained on her private email server.

“Most importantly I never sent classified material on my email and I never received any that was marked classified,” Clinton said at one point in her press conference.

“The State Department has confirmed that I did not send nor receive material marked classified or send material marked classified,” she said a moment later.

“I am repeating the facts and the facts are I did not send nor did I receive material marked classified,” she then said.

On July 24, Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough and State Department Inspector General Steve Linick issued a joint statement stating that four emails out of a limited sampling of 40—of the 30,000 that Clinton turned over to the State Department—included classified information.

“The IC IG found four emails containing classified IC-derived information in a limited sample of 40 emails of the 30,000 emails provided by former Secretary Clinton,” said the statement by the two IGs. “The four emails, which have not been released through the State FOIA process, did not contain classified markings and/or dissemination controls.

“These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department,” the IGs said, “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.”

In an August 11 memorandum to 17 members of Congress, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley and the ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, IG McCullough updated and modified his statement about the emails. In this memorandum McCullough indicated that two of the emails included information classified as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented information. Two others, according to the IG, included information that “contained classified State Department information when generated.”

After receiving this memo, and copies of the four emails in question, Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley issued a statement that said: “The congressional notification provided by the Intelligence Community Inspector General said more specifically that two of the four emails that the office had previously described as ‘above Secret’ were, in fact, classified at the Top Secret/SCI level.”

The key paragraphs of IG McCullough’s memo said:

U) “In response to the above referenced congressional notification, my office received multiple Congressional requests for copies of Former Secretary Clinton’s emails containing classified Intelligence Community (IC) information. These emails, attached hereto, have been properly marked by IC classification officials, and include information classified up to ‘TOP SECRET//SI/TK/NOFORN.’

(U) IC classification officials reviewed two additional emails and judged that they contained classified State Department information when originated. 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.

(U) This represents the most accurate accounting of the emails identified to day, as summarized in TAB 1. We will provide updates as we learn more.

Here are excerpts from former Secretary Clinton’s press conference at the Iowa State Fair today where she explained that she neither sent nor received material that was “marked classified:”

“I think first, I have said in the past that I used a single account for convenience. Obviously, these years later, it does not look so convenient. But the facts are the same as they have been from the very beginning of these questions being raised. And most importantly I never sent classified material on my email and I never received any that was marked classified. So, I am going to let whatever this inquiry is go forward. And we will await, you know, the outcome of it. The State Department has confirmed what I have just said to you. But I do think that if you look at the Republicans in Congress, the ones running for president, there is an unfortunate tendency to try to make partisan a tragedy in Benghazi, which I just fundamentally disagree with. I don’t think it’s right, and I will not participate in it.

"So, we will see how this all plays out. But it is not something that anybody talks to me about as I travel across the country. It is never raised in my town halls it is never raised in my other meetings with people….

“No, we are fully cooperating with that. But I am saying the way it is being used certainly is. And the State Department has confirmed that I did not send nor receive material marked classified. This is not about me, they have also confirmed that…

“That is something they will have to determine, and I think there are disputes going on among agencies about what shoulda, coulda, woulda been done back four years, five, six years ago. That is something for them to work out. I am repeating the facts and the facts are I did not send nor did I receive material marked classified…”

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