Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received, stored, and forwarded an email marked “confidential” using her unsecured private email server in April of 2012 when she was still serving as U.S. Secretary of State, according to a Fox News report.
The report published on June 11 reveals that a 2012 email released by the State Department shows that Clinton stored an email on her private server with a classified code, called a “portion marking,” that indicated the information in the email was classified.
The revelation contradicts the Democratic presidential candidate’s statement on Special Report with Bret Baier that “nothing that I sent or received was marked classified, and nothing has been demonstrated to contradict that,” according to Fox News.
The different “portion markings” are U (Unclassified), C (Confidential), S (Secret), and TS (Top Secret).
The email to Clinton was marked “C,” that is “Confidential,” the lowest level of classification. It was sent to Clinton’s private server and she later forwarded it.
The email, according to the Fox News report, proves that Clinton was not being truthful when she claimed that none of the emails that passed through her private server was marked as classified.
It was sent by Monica Hanley to Clinton on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at 10:41 p.m. Clinton was serving in the Obama administration as the U.S. Secretary of State at the time.
The email discussed the scheduling of a phone call with Joyce Banda, who became Malawi’s first female president after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
President Mutharika died of a heart attack on April 5, 2012, at age 78.
The email, copied to Clinton’s senior aide, Huma Abedin, included a message that if the 7:30 a.m. “time window” for the phone call would not work for Clinton “we will find other windows that work for you tomorrow.”
Clinton responded to the email on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at 10:37 p.m., confirming that “7:30 works for me.”
The State Department redacted the rest of the email before releasing it. Fox News notes that the extensive redaction indicates the information contained in the email was sensitive in nature.
“Everything after that was fully redacted before it was publicly released by the State Department,” Fox News comments. “[This is] a sign that the information was classified at the time and dealt with sensitive government deliberations.”
According to Fox News, a government source confirmed there are other Clinton emails with classified markings.
In an opinion piece published on The New York Observer, Austin Bay comments that the email shows conclusively that Clinton received, stored, and sent classified information through her server, contrary to her assertion that she did not and that she and her staff never violated email communication regulations by the State Department.
“This revelation is another drip in the steady drip drip drip drip of revelations regarding Hillary Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified national security information,” Bay writes. “It demonstrates why the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation.”
Bay argues that despite efforts by the mainstream media to downplay the entire affair, Clinton was clearly guilty of criminal mishandling of classified national security information.
The new report comes after President Barack Obama officially endorsed the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee in a video released on Thursday (see video above).
“I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama said.
President Obama had also earlier defended Clinton’s handling of emails as Secretary of State. Speaking on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Obama said that although Clinton showed carelessness in her handling of emails, she never intentionally put national security at risk.
He then went on to urge people to assess Clinton in the broader context of her service to the country.
“Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”
Obama’s comments also addressed allegations that Clinton received, stored, and sent classified information by pointing out that there were different levels of “classified information.”
“There’s stuff that is really top-secret, and there’s stuff you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open-source,” he said.
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