Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Political Points 'Only Reason' To Hold Clinton Responsible
Dianne Feinstein, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee from 2009 to 2015 - until the GOP took over the Senate - and now Vice Chair and top-ranking Democrat, has weighed in on today's latest news on Hillary Clinton's emails.
"The latest revelations that Secretary Clinton's emails include classified information lack the same key information as previous reports," Feinstein said in a statement Friday.
"First, the 22 emails the State Department has labeled classified are part of seven separate back-and-forth email chains, and none of those emails chains originated with Secretary Clinton," the California Democrat continued.
"It has never made sense to me that Secretary Clinton can be held responsible for email exchanges that originated with someone else," Feinstein, who has endorsed Clinton, added.
"And second, none of the emails sent to Secretary Clinton have the mandatory markings that are required when classified information is transmitted."
"The only reason to hold Secretary Clinton responsible for emails that didn't originate with her is for political points, and that's what we've seen over the past several months."
"I expect the final emails in this voluntary disclosure process to be released by the end of next month, at which point I believe we'll see that none of the information in question originated with Secretary Clinton or was marked classified."
Earlier Friday State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby in announcing the emails would not be released made clear they "were not marked classified at the time that they were sent."
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