On Friday, the Obama administration confirmed that Hillary Clinton’s private email server contained top secret information.
The administration retroactively classified 22 emails found on her sever because they contained sensitive information.
The State Department announced that Diplomatic Security and Intelligence and Research bureaus are conducting an investigation into whether those emails were already classified when Clinton sent them.
Clinton has repeatedly defended herself throughout the email scandal by asserting that she never possessed or sent classified information.
“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the Associated Press.
In response to the news that some of the emails on her private server had been classified the Clinton campaign released a statement calling for all of her emails to be made public.
“This appears to be over-classification run amok,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a lengthy statement. “We will pursue all appropriate avenues to see that her emails are released in a manner consistent with her call last year.”
“We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails,” he added.
This news comes just days before the Iowa primary, where Clinton is already trailing to her progressive rival Bernie Sanders.
“After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this inter-agency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails,” Fallon said Friday.
The former chair of the House Oversight Committee Daryl Issa (R.-CA) gave his opinion that he thought the FBI Director would try to indict Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin.
“I think the FBI director would like to indict both Huma and Hillary as we speak,” Issa told the Washington Examiner. “I think he’s in a position where he’s being forced to triple-time make a case of what would otherwise be, what they call, a slam dunk.”
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