The Hillary Clinton campaign is pushing outright falsehoods as it attempts to defend itself against its private-email scandal, according to a top-level source and an inspector general memo.
A high-level government source familiar with the investigation spoke to Breitbart News on condition of anonymity, telling us the inspector general for the intelligence community confirms that some of Clinton’s emails were “classified when originated.”
And according to a memo signed Tuesday by I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general of the intelligence community:
IC classification officials reviewed two additional emails and judged that they contained classified State Department information when originated. These officials referred the emails to State Department classification officials on 7 August 2015 for final determination on current classification. We will provide these documents once they have been properly marked by the State Department.
In total, the inter-government agency is looking at seven different emails to determine whether or not they should be classified. Two of those emails have been referred back to the State Department for internal review and two others were marked “Top Secret” by the CIA.
For its part, Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri blasted out an email to supporters Wednesday addressing the controversy over Clinton’s emails.
That comes after the Democratic candidate finally turned over two thumb drives containing emails from her tenure at the State Department. The emails, which had been held by Clinton lawyer David Kendall, are now in the possession of the Department of Justice and are being reviewed by an inter-government agency that includes the FBI and the NSA.
Palmieri called the matter “complicated” and attempted to explain away the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business. She writes:
What makes it complicated: It’s common for information previously considered unclassified to be upgraded to classified before being publicly released. Some emails that weren’t secret at the time she sent or received them might be secret now. And sometimes government agencies disagree about what should be classified, so it isn’t surprising that another agency might want to conduct its own review, even though the State Department has repeatedly confirmed that Hillary’s emails contained no classified information at the time she sent or received them.
But as Breitbart News reported, at least two of Clinton’s emails actually were classified at the time that she sent them but now might no longer be classified.
The Clinton campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.