Republicans, Democrats trade blames over Hillary emails

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Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential front runner, Hillary Clinton and the case surrounding her emails scandal has caused arguements and counter-responses from members of the two leading political parties in the Congress. Hillary emails were said to have contained classified information, which she denied, and is being scrutinized by the intelligence departments. Reps. James Lankford and Adam Schiff, Republican and Democrat respectively argued Sunday over allegations that the secret information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server was more highly classified than previously understood. The Inspector General submitted a report that indicted the former secretary of state, for using a private server to send and receive ‘top secret’ information.

Lankford accuse Hillary emails of ‘security threat’

Lankford, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the presence of highly classified information known from “special access programs” (SAP) on her private server, which was reported last week by the Intelligence Community Inspector General, “absolutely represents a security threat.” “There are about 13,040 emails that we know about so far that had classified information,” he said. “it is a major risk to have this kind of information outside a government server.” On allegations that the Inspector General might be working for the Republicans, Lankford said the complaints from the Clinton campaign are part of the “whole Clinton procedure of trying to attack the messenger, [saying] he must be part of the vast right wing conspiracy.” “The inspector general is an Obama appointee and he is doing his job,” Lankford continued. “He’s been asked by the committee to keep the members up to date and that’s what he’s doing.”

Schiff says Republicans want to discredit Hillary

Schiff, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, dismissed the allegations of James Lankford as trumped-up charges designed to damage Clinton’s presidential campaign ahead of upcoming primaries and caucuses in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. He further said that one of the chairmen went to a campaign rally for front-running GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “and said his purpose is to defeat Hillary Clinton. According to Hill, Schiff said “When you read this emails….given that none of these were marked classified at the time, there’s no reason when you read the contents, I believe, for the secretary to believe that these should be marked classified.”