National Security

Clinton Says Security Inquiry, FBI Director Says Investigation

Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton can call the FBI investigation a security inquiry all she wants, but FBI Director James Comey will continue to call it an investigation.

Comey responded to a question about Clinton's use of the term ‘security inquiry' when describing the FBI investigation into her emails.

"I don’t know what that means," Comey said. "We’re conducting an investigation. That’s the bureau’s business. That’s what we do."

The FBI has launched an investigation into Clinton's emails during her time as secretary of state when it was discovered that classified materials were on Clinton's private server. Since late February, the State Department has identified at least 2,079 emails that contained classified material.The State Department states the emails were retroactively upgraded to classification status and were not considered classified at the time.

Other agencies have disputed this claim that information was retroactively upgraded to being classified. Fox News reported an intelligence community inspector general has argued that some of Clinton's emails contained specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP). SAP classification has a classification beyond "top secret."

Clinton has defended her actions and private email server. She states that it was legally permitted to use a private email at the time and that she never sent or received any information that was marked classified at the time. But according to a nondisclosure agreement that Clinton signed, it was her responsibility to properly handle classified material whether it was marked classified or not.

A Washington Post analysis found that Clinton herself sent 104 emails that contained classified information.