Democrats Suffer Another Loss in Obsession Over Alito Recusal
BREAKING: Jury Finds Trump GUILTY in New York 'Trial'
Oh, So That’s How Fauci's Damning Emails Were Buried
Michigan Man With a Suspended License Joins a Court Zoom Call *While* Driving
Former Obama Adviser Has One Question After Disastrous De Niro Press Conference
Here's How the Republican Presidential Hopefuls Reacted to the Trump Verdict
Drug Cartel Guilty of Murdering American Mothers, 14 Children Takes Legal Turn
'A Travesty of Justice': Top House Republicans Weigh In on Trump 'Guilty' Verdict...
Trump Reacts to Guilty Verdict: 'Will Fight Until the End'
MSNBC Legal Analyst Has a 'Man Crush' On Trump Judge, Claims Jurors Do...
Here's What Residents in This Country Think of Pro-Hamas Student Demonstrations
Here's Why This Senate Republican Is Calling for a $55 Billion Defense Investment
'Rather Astonishing': Ted Cruz Calls out Biden's 'Witness Tampering' Ahead of Hunter's Tri...
Nurses in the UK Have Filed a Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment From a...
This Super Liberal City Was Actually Flying Alito's 'Controversial' Flag Until Recently
Tipsheet

State Department: FBI Is Wrong; We're Not Lax On Protecting Classified Information

State Department Spokesman John Kirby was not happy about FBI Director James Comey’s assessment of the culture at federal agency regarding handling classified information. Comey said that there were egregious lapses in security protocols regarding how Clinton and her team disseminated such information.

Advertisement

“While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government,” said Comey.

Yet, he added that they were not recommending that charges be brought forward against her. Nevertheless, it was this passage that Kirby took umbrage with, noting that the use of Clinton’s servers were taken “very seriously,” and that they didn’t have “lax security” at State concerning safe guarding sensitive information.

Of course, Kirby was under siege by the press, who relentlessly pressed him on the various aspects of Comey’s briefing that pointed to various emails that contained classified information at the time that these communications were sent or received.

“We will not discuss individual security clearances. We won't speak to FBI findings or the investigation. State Department does not take lightly the safety of classified information. We don't share the assessment that the State Department is lax on classified information,” said Kirby.

Advertisement

Repeatedly, Kirby deflected for further information on this announcement this morning, directing those inquiries to the FBI, while adding that the State Department doesn’t share their “broad assessment.” Yet, he did clarify that the State Department isn’t perfect, and that their own Inspector General report noted some lapses in protocol regarding classified information; they’re just not happy (again) with how Comey pretty much said that they didn’t know what they were doing.

Kirby noted that he could say he can disagree with the FBI’s assessment due to the training one undertakes to be employed at State, the periodic reviews of the training in handling sensitive information, and the fact that he had to go through it several times himself.

Yet, when asked again about the remarks, Kirby evaded.

This post will be updated.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement