Hillary Clinton’s deputy communications director Kristina Schake said Monday that Clinton “disagrees” that emails she sent and received on her private email server were, indeed, classified.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed that Clinton sent and received classified material on her personal email server, contradicting a prior claim by Clinton.
She and her campaign have been trying to deny that her prior claim was in conflict with Comey’s statement.
Asked on CNN about Comey’s statement, Schake said, “He’s talking about 110 emails that she has consistently said she does not believe were classified. And he himself, in the testimony, said they were not marked classified. They didn’t have the stamp on it.”
“But some were classified at the time,” CNN host Brianna Keilar interrupted.
“She disagrees with that,” Schake replied, “and so do the professionals who were emailing her that information. She received emails from more than 300 experts at the State Department and other agencies who understand the classified system and they disagree. So that’s a disagreement about that. But, again, she has said this was a mistake and she’s taken responsibility for it.”
Schake’s statement directly contradicts what Comey said July 5: “From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received.”