Gowdy Says Clinton E-Mail Issues Are ‘National Security’ Matter

Inspectors General findings that Hillary Clinton’s e-mails on private server contained classified information merit “further review by the executive branch to determine the legal and national security implications posed by the former secretary’s unusual e-mail arrangement,” House Benghazi Cmte Chair Trey Gowdy says in e-mailed statement.

  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on House Benghazi Cmte, says in statement that “I spoke personally” to State Dept IG Thurs. and “he said he never asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation of Secretary Clinton’s e-mail usage”
    • Intelligence Community IG notified Justice Dept and Congress that they identified classified information “in a few e-mails,” Cummings says, citing State IG
    • No evidence any e-mails were “were marked as classified at the time they were transmitted, although some have been retroactively classified since then,” according to Cummings
  • House Speaker John Boehner says Clinton’s “poor judgment has undermined our national security and it is time for her to finally do the right thing” by turning over her entire e-mail server
  • NOTE: Two inspector generals, one from State Dept and one from the intelligence community, have asked the Justice Dept to open a criminal investigation into Clinton’s e-mail use while secretary of state, according to people with knowledge of the situation

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