It seems as if, with each passing day, the American people learn a bit more about Hillary Clinton's emails, and the news is rarely positive. Intelligence sources have told Catherine Herridge of Fox News that some of Ms. Clinton's emails have been deemed “too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances - even if redactions are made.
This revelation further erodes Ms. Clinton's position that none of the emails on her unsecured personal server were classified when she received them.
Fox News is told the emails include intelligence from "special access programs," or SAP, which is considered beyond “Top Secret.” A Jan. 14 letter, first reported by Fox News, from intelligence community Inspector General Charles McCullough III notified senior intelligence and foreign relations committee leaders that "several dozen emails containing classified information” were determined to be “at the CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, AND TOP SECRET/SAP levels."
Ms. Herridge adds that one of her sources told her that intelligence agencies are assuming that there are more copies of those higher-than-top-secret emails out there. Because of that, they are worried that, if even a redacted copy of those emails were released, people would be able to use the limited information on those releases to identify the secret programs in the copies of emails they may have.
Reached for comment by Fox News, a State Department official did not dispute that some emails will never be made public.
“We continue to process the next set of former Secretary Clinton’s emails for release under the FOIA process and will have more to say about it later,” the official said. “As always, we take seriously our responsibilities to protect sensitive information.”
A major release of Clinton's emails was supposed to be made on Friday, January 29. But, because of last week's snow storm which shut down Washington D.C. for four days, the State Department has requested that the federal judge who created the schedule of email relaeses allow them to delay the release for an entire month.
As it turns out, that one month delay for a four-day closure would put the next release of Ms. Clinton's emails beyond the important Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina primaries - sparing her from any harm she might suffer if damaging emails were released today.
FBI investigators are looking into Ms. Clinton's emails, and the way they were handled and stored, for evidence of gross negligence in protecting classified information. Once the FBI completes its investigation, they will make a recommendation to Attorney General Loretta Lynch about whether or not there is enough evidence to bring charges against the former secretary of state, or anyone else who worked at the State Department. In the end, it will be the Attorney General's decision regarding how to proceed from there.