At a speech on business and the economy at New York University on Thursday, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton began by firing back at "what's in the news today."
"There have been a lot of inaccuracies, as Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made clear this morning," Clinton said before the audience.
Clinton was referring to a Thursday New York Times article that suggested State Department inspector generals and the intelligence community had asked for a criminal probe into "whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state," according to Politico.
Rep. Elijah Cummings directly addressed the New York Times report on Friday.
"I spoke personally to the State Department Inspector General on Thursday, and he said he never asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation of Secretary Clinton's email usage," Cummings said, according to CNN.
"Instead, he told me the Intelligence Community IG notified the Justice Department and Congress that they identified classified information in a few emails that were part of the FOIA review, and that none of those emails had been previously marked as classified."
"Maybe the heat is getting to everybody," Clinton retorted. "We all have a responsibility to get this right.I have released 55,000 pages of emails. I have said repeatedly that I will answer questions before the House Committee."
On Friday, The New York Times corrected its report, writing that "the referral addressed the potential compromise of classified information in connection with that personal email account,"--the nature of the referral did not concern Clinton personally, but rather, the potential breach of classified information via that email account.
A Justice Department official confirmed that "the Department has received a referral related to the potential compromise of classified information," The Huffington Post reported. But "it is not a criminal referral."
"We are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right," Clinton said, before continuing with the speech's agenda. "And I will do my part."
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