WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2015) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday said she did not send classified emails from her private server while she was secretary of state.
“I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” Clinton told reporters in Winterset, Iowa.
She added that the latest controversy is an example of disagreement among various parts of the government about what should or should not be publicly released.
Clinton’s remarks come after The New York Times reported Thursday night that inspectors general for the intelligence community and the State Department had asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation into Clinton’s possible mishandling of classified email. But the paper significantly revised its story the next day to say the matter was referred to Justice to examine whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with Clinton’s account — but not necessarily by Clinton.
On Friday, CNN reported that the inspector general for the intelligence community had informed members of Congress that some material Clinton emailed from her private server contained classified information, but it was not identified that way.
Because it was not identified, it is unclear whether Clinton realized she was potentially compromising classified information. The inspector general reviewed a “limited sampling” of her emails, and among those 40 reviewed, found that “four contained classified (intelligence community) information,” inspector general Charles McCullough wrote in a letter to Congress.
McCullough’s office has confirmed it has asked the Justice Department to look into how the State Department handled the classification of documents, but emphasized it was not requesting a criminal investigation.
Clinton said she has no idea what are the four specific emails the inspector general was talking about in his letter to Congress.
“But the facts are pretty clear,” Clinton said. “I did not send or receive anything that was classified at the time.”
Clinton told reporters she turned over 55,000 pages of emails to help the State Department because officials asked all former secretaries to provide any information possible to he