California Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the American public “shouldn’t be that concerned” over revelations that Hillary Clinton was unable to interpret classification markings on emails she received while as secretary of state.
“I think they shouldn’t be that concerned,” Pelosi said during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, was asked about Clinton’s response to questions during her July 2 FBI interview about an email housed on her email server that bore classification markings.
The message had a “C” printed on it, denoting that it was classified as “Confidential.”
But Clinton told investigators she did not know what the marking meant.
“When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph within the captioned email, CLINTON stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order,” reads the FBI’s report, released on Friday.
“CLINTON could not say for sure if the parenthetical ‘C’ is used for portion marking classified documents,” reads the FBI’s report. (RELATED: FBI: Hillary Didn’t Know Giant Letter ‘C’ In Emails Meant ‘Confidential’)
That passage of the report — and many others — led to widespread criticism of Clinton’s email practices and her statements defending them.
But Pelosi said that “too much is being made” of the story.
“This is much ado about something, but too much ado,” she argued.
“I think the secretary of state deals with a large number of issues. Thirty thousand emails, we’re talking about a few marked ‘Confidential’ — classified is really, and secret and highly sensitive as it becomes more problematic.”
“The fact is, whatever it was that Hillary Clinton dealt with in that manner had no threat to our security.”
Clinton asserted during her FBI interview that the email in question did not contain information that would hurt national security.
But the email is more of a reminder than anything of Clinton’s numerous inconsistent statements during the 18-month email scandal. The Democratic presidential candidate has insisted on numerous occasions that she did not send or receive emails that bore classification markings. But the FBI found three emails that were marked with “C.”