Former Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton is expected to face more scrutiny of her email scandal, going by the new findings. The Democratic hopeful is facing criticism over her use of private email server while serving as the secretary of state. The emails on her private server contained national security information classified at some of the highest levels, according to a new review by a government watchdog. A letter from Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough finds that Mrs. Clinton’s email trove contains a type of highly classified intelligence information beyond “top secret,” referred to as “special access programs” or SAP.
Clinton says she’s not aware of the ‘classified information’
According to the Wall Street Journal, the campaign group of Hillary Clinton said that no information in her emails was marked classified at the time it was sent. A review is on-going by the FBI and several inspectors general to determine whether some of that information should have been marked classified. Access to SAP intelligence is restricted to an absolute minimum because of its high sensitivity. “Unless otherwise authorized by the President, only the Secretaries of State, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence, or the principal deputy of each, may create a special access program,” according to the executive order signed by President Obama. The inspector general’s latest finding sets up a potential intragovernmental standoff with the State Department, which has repeatedly insisted that no information sent or received by Mrs. Clinton was classified when it was sent.
Hillary under fire, may be distracted
As Hillary Clinton gets ready for the polls, and going by these scandals and probes, it is not clear how much of it the former First Lady can take. The Inspector general’s letter was reportedly sent to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the inspector general of the State Department. Clinton has witnessed her favorability and honesty scores erode as she receives criticism for her use of private email to conduct government business at the State Department.