State Department will not release 22 ‘top secret’ Clinton emails

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, (D), candidate for Democratic presidential nomination in 2015. Official portrait obtained from Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. special instructions: elex2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is confirming for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained some closely guarded secrets, including material requiring one of the highest levels of classification.

The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.

The State Department has released a large chunk of the emails, but The Associated Press has learned that seven email chains–in all about 22 emails–are being withheld in full for containing “top secret” material.

Department officials wouldn’t describe the substance of the emails, or say if Clinton had sent any herself.

Spokesman John Kirby tells the AP that no judgment on past classification was made. But the department is looking into that, too.

In the past, Clinton has said she used a private email for her official work during her time at the State Department out of “convenience,” but admitted in retrospect “it would have been better” to use multiple emails.

“I feel like I’ve taken unprecedented steps for these emails to be in the public domain,” Clinton said. “I went above and beyond what I was requested to do.”