In an effort to diffuse the burgeoning scandal swirling around her use of private email accounts as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton tried to turn it into a laughing matter by joking about how the popular app Snapchat makes “messages disappear all by themselves.”
But few are laughing, and the controversy grows.
With most in the media focused on two top-secret emails discovered in the Democratic presidential contender’s emails, an official told the Washington Times that 60 emails have been identified as containing classified data.
And the number is expected to grow as a State Department review continues — 30,000 emails tagged as work-related are being looked at.
The Washington Times reported:
Among the first 60 flagged emails, nearly all contained classified secrets at the lowest level of “confidential” and one contained information at the intermediate level of “secret,” officials told the Times.
Those 60 emails do not include two emails identified in recent days by Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III as containing “top-secret” information possibly derived from Pentagon satellites, drones or intercepts, which is some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets.
Clinton reiterated again Saturday in Iowa that she never sent any classified emails, according to The Des Moines Register.
“This is not about me,” she said. “I never sent classified material on my email, and I never received any that was marked classified.”
According to Fox News, a source familiar with the investigation confirmed that more classified emails have been found, but did not comment on the number.
The 60 flagged emails have been cleared for release under the Freedom of Information Act as part of an open-records lawsuit, according to the Times — the emails will likely be heavily redacted because of the classified information.
Adding to Clinton’s problems, the company that handled her email server told ABC News it is “highly likely” that a backup of the server exists, and it may hold all of Clinton’s emails, including the 30,000 she deleted.
Perhaps Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump had it right when he said on Sunday that it would be “a miracle” if Clinton is able to run because of the “horrible” email scandal.
Either way, with the number of emails having been reviewed so far by the feds representing just the tip of the iceberg, Democrats have good reason to be nervous about Clinton being around at the end of the 2016 presidential election.
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