Every week, it seems as if there is a new revelation regarding the emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State. The information that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail address during her time as Secretary of State was revealed back in March. The use of a private e-mail address went against Obama Administration protocol.
Last month, Clinton was on record saying, “I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received.” However, the intelligence community’s inspector general has reviewed 40 of Clinton’s more than 30,000 work-related e-mails and found that four contained classified information. According to reports from the McClatchy News Service, two of the four classified e-mails already discovered on her private server were “top secret.” That is the highest possible security classification.
The Justice Department has demanded she turn over the private email server she used throughout her tenure as Secretary of State for the Obama Administration. The Clinton campaign has tried to portray the decision to turn over the server as voluntary on her part. More than 31,000 e-mails were deleted off of the server after it was determined that they were private and personal.
The congressional committee seeking the server was told in a letter from her lawyer, David Kendall that there was “no basis” to support a third-party examination of the server. During a press conference at the United Nations, she told a reporter, “I believe I have met all of my responsibilities, and the server will remain private.”
The continuing scandal has taken attention from her presidential campaign. This story has been in the news for far longer than she’d like. Clinton is already dealing with trust issues from her targeted audience. Clinton’s claim that nothing she sent or received was classified at the time could completely destroy her credibility if the statement is proven wrong. Democratic rival Bernie Sanders is now leading her in a poll.