Friday, July 31, 2015
U.S. Intelligence Officials To Take Part In Review Of Hillary Clinton E-Mails.
U.S. Intelligence Officials To Take Part In Review Of Hillary Clinton E-Mails.(Wapo).
By Karen DeYoung.
About a dozen U.S. intelligence officials have been added to the State Department team reviewing former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mails amid spy agency concerns that classified information may have been compromised in connection with Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while in office.
In addition to intelligence reviewers, the State Department inspector general’s office has also been given access to some 55,000 pages of Clinton e-mails being culled by the department for release in response to court orders under the Freedom of Information Act, said Douglas Welty, an inspector general spokesman.
The broadening of the review followed a recent “security referral” to the Justice Department by I. Charles McCullough III, inspector general of the intelligence community, who said that a limited survey of some of the e-mails found information that should have been classified.
A separate collection spanning about 900 pages, taken because they related to Libya, was released in May. Those documents had been requested by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating the September 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic and CIA compounds in the Libyan city that killed four U.S. officials, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
The e-mail controversy and the revelation in spring that Clinton used a private e-mail server to conduct official business have added fuel to the committee, which itself is embroiled in controversy. The Republican majority has said it has a duty to explore Clinton’s activities surrounding the attacks, while Democrats have charged a fishing expedition whose purpose is to undermine Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The committee has also asked for e-mails from 10 top Clinton aides during her State Department tenure. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines delivered 20 boxes of work-related e-mails this week from both his official and private account to the State Department for review. Hmmm...At this time....what difference does it make? Read the full story here.