22 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server have been marked “top secret” and won’t be released, the State Department said Friday. These emails were not marked as classified when they were sent.
“We can confirm that later today, as part of our monthly FOIA productions of former Secretary Clinton’s emails, the State Department will be denying in full seven email chains, found in 22 documents representing 37 pages,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told AP.
The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” Kirby said.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said that Clinton had said the emails should be released and called at least one case, “over-classification run amok.”
The results come just three days before the Iowa caucuses, where Clinton and her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders are running a very close race. Clinton’s campaign has been dogged by her use of a private email server, and she has been hammered by her GOP opponents who have accused her of jeopardizing national security and can therefore not be qualified as Commander in Chief.
Sanders, however, notably said during a Democratic debate in November that Americans are sick of hearing about her “damn emails.”
Clinton remained confident and at times dismissive of the issue for much of 2015. In September she shifted her tone, apologizing for not using a government issued email address.
Kirby also announced today that 18 emails — from 8 distinct chains — between then Secretary Clinton and President Barack Obama are being withheld from the court -ordered FOIA release, because of the law governing the release of presidential documents.
Meanwhile,the White House put in context a comment at Friday’s press briefing by spokesman Josh Earnest regarding the Clinton E-mail issue.
He had been asked if he could with “certainty and confidence” say that Secretary Clinton will not be indicted because of the E-mail scandal.”That is a decision to be made solely by independent prosecutors. But again, based on what we know from the Department of Justice, it does not seem to be headed in that direction,” Earnest said.
Officials at the FBI and the Justice Department are therefore concerned about the implication of Earnest’s statements and have been emphatic that there have been no progress reports on the investigation.