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Hillary Clinton denies having classified emails; rejects Trump docs comparison

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Oct. 22, 2015. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
September 07, 2022

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton rejected comparisons between her classified document scandal and former President Donald Trump’s possible mishandling of classified files. Clinton claimed investigations proved she had “zero” classified documents on a private email server while she was Secretary of State. 

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“I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails… As Trump’s problems continue to mount, the right is trying to make this about me again. There’s even a ‘Clinton Standard.’ The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified,” Clinton tweeted.

“Comey admitted he was wrong after he claimed I had classified emails,” she continued. “Trump’s own State Department, under two different Secretaries, found I had no classified emails.”

“That’s right: ZERO,” Clinton added. 

The claim was blasted as “astonishingly false” on Twitter, with many citing a 2018 Inspector General report that said federal law enforcement identified “81 email chains containing approximately 193 individual emails that were classified from the CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET levels at the time the emails were drafted on UNCLASSIFIED systems and sent to or from Clinton’s personal server.”

“In other words, [U.S. Intelligence Community] agencies determined that these 81 email chains, although not marked classified, contained information classified at the time the emails were sent and should have been so marked,” it added. 

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice released a photo of several classified-marked documents strewn across the floor of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. The department is now alleging Trump attempted to hide these classified documents from investigators.

Trump subsequently responded to the photo, insisting that he declassified the documents. 

“Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see. Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!” Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social.