FBI: 110 Emails Sent and Received on Clinton Server Contained Classified Information

• July 5, 2016 11:57 am


FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that 110 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server contained classified information "at the time they were sent or received."

"From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department in 2014, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received," Comey said. "Eight of those chains contained information that was top-secret at the time they were sent. Thirty-six of those chains contained secret information at the time, and eight contained confidential information at the time. That’s the lowest level of classification."

Clinton has claimed repeatedly, including as recently as Saturday, that she never sent nor received emails that were "marked" classified on her home-brewed server, which she used exclusively while serving as secretary of state.

Comey added later in his statement that a "very small number" of Clinton’s emails bore markings indicating they were classified, but he said that was not an excuse.

"But even if information is not marked classified in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it, and while not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to the use of unclassified systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information that’s found elsewhere in the U.S. government," Comey said.