Two emails on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server were deemed to be "Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information," Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa claimed today.
Grassley said that the inspector general of the intelligence community told members of Congress about the emails' "Top Secret" classification, reports the Associated Press.
However, there is some controversy as to whether the emails were classified "Top Secret" when they were sent.
The inspector general of the intelligence community reportedly said that the emails were classified when sent, but State Department spokesman John Kirby said today:
Department employees circulated these emails on unclassified systems in 2009 and 2011 and ultimately some were forwarded to Secretary Clinton. They were not marked as classified.
Kirby said that the inspector general of the intelligence community's revelation was a recommendation to “upgrade” the two emails on Clinton's server to “Top Secret,” notes McClatchy DC.
Clinton used a personal email while she was Secretary of State under the Obama administration, and the personal email was kept on her private server in her Chappaqua, New York, home.
Clinton's spokesman, Nick Merrill, told CNN today that Clinton "directed her team to give her email server that was used during her tenure as [Secretary of State] to the Department of Justice, as well as a thumb drive containing copies of her emails already provided to the State Department."
Clinton has refused requests for months from Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to give her private server to a GOP House Select Committee on Benghazi, which has not found any wrongdoing.