Intelligence officials charged with reviewing the emails from Hillary Clinton’s ‘private’ email server announced on Monday that 305 documents can possibly be referred as classified. The figure, from State Department lawyers, comes in a court filing today intended to keep a federal judge posted on efforts to comply with a court schedule for releasing the emails in response to a FOIA lawsuit. Clinton is a former secretary of state under the Obama administration and a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
Clinton campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri emailed supporters last week saying she never exchanged emails marked classified at the time while she was Secretary of State. She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email. Following concerns coming from the intelligence community over the possibility of a classified document was included in a prior batch of emails, reviewers from five different intelligence agencies joined the review team at the State Department last month. It has yet to be determined whether any of the 305 emails flagged so far actually contain classified information.
It has yet to be determined whether any of the 305 emails flagged so far actually contain classified information. The Washington Times reported that the reviewers are getting back on schedule after failing to make the court-ordered deadline for releasing 15 percent of the emails by July 31. State Department officials told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday that out of a sample of 20 percent of Clinton’s 30,000 emails reviewers recommended 305 to be sent for referral to their agencies for consultation. It has yet to be determined whether any of the 305 emails flagged so far actually contain classified information.
Jason Leopold, a journalist who has brought a Freedom of Information suit against the State Department, has expressed concern that the government has fallen behind in its production schedule — ordered in May by Contreras — and provided no detailed plan on how it intends to catch up. Leopold asked the Court to require more information particularly since it has expanded the review to include the intelligence staff. As of last Friday, August 14, the intelligence agency reviewers have conducted preliminary screening on “more than 23% of all the Clinton emails,” the government lawyers say.
As of last Friday, August 14, the intelligence agency reviewers have conducted preliminary screening on “more than 23% of all the Clinton emails,” the government lawyers say. State officials and the intelligence community are working to resolve questions about those and other emails with possible classified information, a process that isn’t likely to be completed until January. Also Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said he has asked Clinton’s long-time lawyer, David Kendall, about whether he and other members of his law firm received national security clearances as part of their legal work for the former top diplomat. Grassley wrote Kendall in an Aug. 14 letter that he was also concerned the lawyer kept thumb-drive copies of Clinton’s emails that were not properly secured.