Feinstein Statement on Clinton Emails

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to allegations regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails:

“There has been a lot of press coverage recently of allegations regarding Secretary Clinton’s email. Unfortunately, much of the coverage has missed key points.

“First, none of the emails alleged to contain classified information were written by Secretary Clinton.

“The questions are whether she received emails with classified information in them, and if so, whether information in those emails should have been classified in the first place. Those questions have yet to be answered. However, it is clear that Secretary Clinton did not write emails containing classified information.

“Second, none of the emails alleged to contain classified information include any markings that indicate classified content.

“As someone who regularly reviews classified material, I can say that those documents are always clearly marked as containing classified information. Every official who writes classified material, whether in email or on paper, must mark the information as classified. They would also be required to use a separate classified email system to transmit the information. The emails identified did not contain these markings.

“I understand the State Department Inspector General is conducting a broader review of the email practices of the past five Secretaries of State and their senior staff, and I will review those findings when they are completed.”

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