According to a published report, dozens of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her tenure as Secretary of State have been flagged by officials as containing classified data. Officials told the Washington Times that a total of 60 emails had been flagged through the end of July by investigators reviewing Clinton’s correspondence. The officials told the paper that the key figure is likely to grow as they work their way through some 30,000 work-related emails that passed through Clinton’s “homebrew” server. This review process will most likely not be completed until January of next year, not long before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire presidential primary.
Previously, Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III had said that 10% of emails from a sample review of 40 messages contained sensitive or classified information, and has informed members of Congress that Clinton’s emails most likely contained hundreds of disclosures of classified information. McCullough has identified two of the emails as containing “top secret” information, and at least one of them discusses the CIA drone program in Pakistan.
The published report also says that some State Department employees have alerted McCullough to irregularities in how the department and Clinton’s attorney handled messages from Clinton’s servers. Concerns include a potential conflict of interest, due to at least one State Department attorney’s ties to the law firm Williams & Connolly, also the law firm of Clinton’s attorney David Kendall. Another concern involved storage of a thumb drive containing a digital archive of Clinton’s inbox. Clinton has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, yet her denials have shifted from saying in March that there wasn’t any classified email on the server to denying having sent or received emails marked “classified” on her server, kept at her home in Chappaqua, NY.