WASHINGTON — Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed this week to turn over her private email server and a thumb drive containing her emails to the FBI, the latest development in a story that’s been the biggest controversy in her early campaign for president.
Since the existence of that private server was first publicly revealed in March, congressional Republicans and government investigators have raised questions about her compliance with federal record keeping laws and the handling of classified information.
How much classified information is in these emails? When was it classified, before or after she got it?
Investigators have discovered at least four emails that contained classified information. And McClatchy News Service reported Tuesday that two of those contained “top secret” information, according to the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s office.
But the number could be much higher. The four emails were discovered as part of a sample of just 40 emails of the 30,000 Clinton has returned to the State Department. And those 30,490 emails represent only about half the 62,320 emails sent and received by Clinton during her tenure as secretary of State. Clinton says the other half are personal.
Clinton maintains she did nothing wrong. “I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” she said last month.
In an email to supporters Wednesday, the Clinton campaign explained further: “It’s common for information previously considered unclassified to be upgraded to classified before being publicly released. Some emails that weren’t secret at the time she sent or received them might be secret now,” communications director Jennifer Palmieri said.
Federal investigators have suggested that’s not the case here. The inspectors general have said the emails “contained classified information when they were generated,” and “that information remains classified today.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/12/q-what-we-know-and-dont-clinton-emails/31536503/
In light of the fact that 4 of the random sample of 40 were classified and 2 were “Top Secret” this indicates that Hillary has about 1,500 to 3,000 Top Secret emails on here server, and it illegal to have just one.