In a copy of the Jan. 14 correspondence obtained by POLITICO, Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III told both the Senate Intelligence and Senate Foreign Relations committees that intelligence agencies found messages relating to what are known as “special access programs,” or SAP. That’s an even more restricted subcategory of sensitive compartmented information, or SCI, which is top secret national security information derived from sensitive intelligence sources.
So obviously, this guy Charles McCullough, III has to be a crazy right-winger who's out to hurt Hillary, right? Except, not so much. Some guy named Barack Obama appointed him back in 2011. Weird, huh.
So here's what the Clinton campaign is going with:
"This is the same interagency dispute that has been playing out for months, and it does not change the fact that these emails were not classified at the time they were sent or received" said Clinton Campaign Spokesman Brian Fallon. "It is alarming that the intelligence community IG, working with Republicans in Congress, continues to selectively leak materials in order to resurface the same allegations and try to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign."
I guess that when you're actually guilty of committing a crime, the whole process of people finding out what you did probably looks like a conspiracy.
Thing is, this whole thing is not complicated. You can try and make it as complicated as you want, but the reality is really very simple.
Hillary wanted to have an e-mail account that would be safe from Republicans in Congress, from citizens and their FOIA inquiries, and from general accountability to anyone. Nowhere in her calculation to have a private e-mail system did she even remotely consider national security.
It's really that simple.