In a fiery statement, the Hillary Clinton campaign blasted the bureaucratic turf war that is causing the delay in her emails being made public. The presidential campaign of the former secretary of state demanded the release of all of her emails.
Hillary for America National Press Secretary Brian Fallon said in a statement:
We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails. Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today.
After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails. This flies in the face of the fact that these emails were unmarked at the time they were sent, and have been called ‘innocuous’ by certain intelligence officials. We understand that these emails were likely originated on the State Department’s unclassified system before they were ever shared with Secretary Clinton, and they have remained on the department’s unclassified system for years. And, in at least one case, the emails appear to involve information from a published news article.
This appears to be over-classification run amok. We will pursue all appropriate avenues to see that her emails are released in a manner consistent with her call last year.
Each time that the intelligence community bureaucracy delays or holds back the release of her emails, the email story lives for another day. The easiest way for Clinton to get the empty email scandal out of the presidential campaign is for the intelligence community to stop fighting with each other and reclassifying her emails.
The sooner all of the emails are released, the better it will be for her presidential campaign. Republicans have spent years trying to come up with a smoking gun email that will stop the Clinton campaign, and they’ve got nothing.
The Clinton email “scandal” has always been about the 2016 election. The only hope that Republicans have is that the bureaucracy continues to drag out the release of the emails so that they paint Clinton as being guilty of something. The emails should have already been released because the country has better things to do than watch bureaucrats argue about security classifications.
Every story about Hillary Clinton’s emails is one less story about the issues that really matter to the American people.