Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after the Intelligence Community Inspector General delivered to Congress an update on the classified emails that were found in its limited review of the official documents provided by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her personal analysis of the content on her private email server.
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. According to the Intelligence Community Inspector General, the other two emails, which intelligence community officials said were classified by the State Department at the time they were sent, are being reviewed by the State Department to determine what the current appropriate level of classification should be.
Grassley has been pressing for more details about the classified emails found on Clinton’s private email server and a thumb drive in the possession of her personal attorney. Grassley has specifically asked the FBI and State Department to explain the measures each agency was taking to retrieve the classified emails and protect the classified information contained in them.
Here’s a comment from Grassley.
“I appreciate the Intelligence Community Inspector General providing more information in response to the questions that many members of Congress and the public have regarding the classified emails that were on former Secretary of State Clinton’s private server and on a thumb drive with her private attorney. This information revealed by the inspector general makes it even more important that the FBI and the State Department secure these documents. To date, the two agencies most critical to securing this information have failed to assure the American people that they are taking the necessary steps to protect America’s national security interests.”