In a discussion of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email-related scandal, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell acknowledged that Republicans have good reason to be skeptical.
Clinton has faced mounting criticism for her use of a private email server in discussing official State Department business during her stint as secretary of state.
“Look,” Mitchell said during a recent appearance on Morning Joe, “you have two inspectors general, and they are referring this to the Justice Department. Now, you can try to confuse it – and there’s been a lot of misdirection, there’s been inaccurate reporting.”
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She explained that, contrary to some recent reports, the IGs action did not constitute a “criminal referral,” though it could rise to that level.
“What they are suggesting,” she continued, is that four of the 40 randomly selected emails “had classified information.”
Mitchell clarified that this information was not classified after the fact but was instead marked as “secret, which is a level of classification, at the time.”
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As for Clinton’s motivation in maintaining a private email system, Mitchell said she could only speculate and offer the analysis of some experts with whom she recently discussed the matter.
“I was at a security conference speaking to intelligence officials on each side,” she concluded, adding that “nobody can give an explanation for why a cabinet secretary would have a private email system other than to thwart inquiries” and Freedom of Information Act requests.
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