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Published On: Thu, Aug 13th, 2015

Hillary Clinton message to supporters ‘no classified info in emails,’ contradicting the IG results

As the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails intensified on Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign attempted to reassure supporters there was no classified information on her private server and attacked her Republican opponents.

An email message from Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palemieri stated, “You might hear some news over the next few days about Hillary Clinton’s emails.”

“Hillary didn’t send any classified materials over email: Hillary only used her personal account for unclassified email,” Palemieri said in the message that went out Wednesday. “No information in her emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them. She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email.”

The campaign announced Tuesday that Clinton was providing her private email server to the FBI after the IG alleges that there are top secret documents involved.

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At least two of the emails that came through Clinton’s insecure home email server, were deemed “Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information,” which is among the government’s highest classifications, according to the inspector general of the intelligence community.

These talking points also go after Republican presidential candidates and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

“It’s worth noting: Many of the Republican candidates for president have done the same things for which they’re now criticizing Hillary,” the talking points said. “As governor, Jeb Bush owned his own private server and his staff decided which emails he turned over as work-related from his private account. Bobby Jindal went a step further, using private email to communicate with his immediate staff but refusing to release his work-related emails. Scott Walker and Rick Perry had email issues themselves.”

The message directs readers to a “fact sheet” about the email controversy.

On Benghazi, the Clinton campaign used the phrase “witch hunt.”

“What about the Benghazi committee? While you may hear from the Republican-led Benghazi committee about Hillary’s emails, it is important to remember that the committee was formed to focus on learning lessons from Benghazi to help prevent future tragedies at our embassies and consulates around the globe,” Palemieri’s message said. “Instead, the committee, led by Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, is spending nearly $6 million in taxpayer money to conduct a partisan witch-hunt designed to do political damage to Hillary in the run-up to the election.”

The message added, “Like other Secretaries of State who served before her, Hillary used a personal email address, and the rules of the State Department permitted it.”

In this portion, the message does not mention that Clinton used a private server.

But the message repeated Clinton’s earlier assertion about hindsight, saying, “She’s already acknowledged that, in hindsight, it would have been better just to use separate work and personal email accounts. No one disputes that.”

 

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