Clinton e-mail saga: Watchdog looks into Powell, Rice

2016-02-04 22:33


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Washington - The US State Department watchdog says former secretary of state Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal e-mail accounts.

Revelations about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail server have followed her presidential campaign.

Elijah Cummings, Democratic point-man on the House’s main investigative committee, has written to incumbent John Kerry seeking more information.

According to Cummings' letter to Kerry, the State Department's inspector general is reviewing the records preservation practices of five former secretaries of state and their immediate staffs.

The IG said the 12 e-mails were sent between February 2003 and June 2008. None were marked classified, but the State Department has advised the inspector general that the 12 contained classified national security information.

"My concern has been that Republicans are spending millions of taxpayer dollars singling out secretary Clinton because she is running for president - often leaking inaccurate information - while at the same time disregarding the actions of Republican secretaries of state," Cummings said in a statement.

Clinton is facing new scrutiny from congressional Republicans as a fourth committee is pressing for information about the handling of government documents, use of personal e-mails and the response to Freedom of Information requests during her tenure at the State Department.

Jason Chaffetz, chairperson of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a January 19 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for information and documents, citing the panel's jurisdiction over implementation of FOIA requests. His request included material from the tenures of current and former secretaries of state.

Three other committees are already focused on the former secretary of state and her tenure: the special House panel on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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