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Clinton Campaign Pushes Back on Email Controversy

In a conference call with reporters, the Clinton campaign said that two emails released by Fox News – which reportedly served to kick off the FBI investigation into whether Hillary Clinton’s emails were mishandled – vindicates Hillary Clinton’s contention that she broke no laws.

The two emails can be viewed here.

The first email, dated April 10, 2011, was originated by a career foreign service officer – and then forwarded to Clinton by aide Huma Abedin – discussing the worsening security situation in Libya where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was considering departing Benghazi. (Stevens was killed in Benghazi a year later.) The email wasn’t marked classified, and the Clinton campaign says the State Department disputes that this information should be classified.

The second email, dated Nov. 18, 2012, originated from another career foreign service officer and was forwarded to Clinton by aide Jake Sullivan. And it describes reports that Libyan police may have arrested people in connection to the Benghazi attack.

In today’s conference call, the Clinton campaign argues that these two emails show either 1) a dispute between State and the intelligence community on what should be classified, or 2) the over-classification from some government quarters.

“It says more about the bent toward secrecy in [some quarters of] government than Hillary Clinton’s email practices,” says Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon.