Hillary Clinton’s campaign added President Obama’s intelligence community inspector general to the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
I. Charles McCullough III finds himself accused of colluding with Republicans to destroy Clinton’s campaign. The charges followed Tuesday’s revelation that Clinton had intelligence known as “special access programs,” or SAP, on her “home-brew” server as U.S. secretary of state.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday that McCullough was part of a “coordinated leak” with Republicans regarding SAP intelligence documents.
Camerota noted that McCullough is not a Republican and then asked, “Why do you think he’s a stooge of the Republicans in Congress? I’ve heard you say that. What’s your evidence?”
“Because two months ago, there was a Politico report that directly challenged the finding of this inspector general, and I don’t think he liked that very much,” replied Fallon. “So I think that he put two Republican senators up to sending him a letter so that he would have an excuse to resurface the same allegations he made back in the summer that have been discredited.”
Fallon also impugned McCullough’s character in a piece published by Politico late Tuesday.
“This is the same interagency dispute that has been playing out for months, and it does not change the fact that these emails were not classified at the time they were sent or received,” Fallon told the website. “It is alarming that the intelligence community IG, working with Republicans in Congress, continues to selectively leak materials in order to resurface the same allegations and try to hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Justice Department’s inquiry should be allowed to proceed without any further interference.”
The Clinton campaign’s charges shocked Bloomberg analyst Josh Rogin, who tweeted Wednesday, “Clinton Spox @brianefallon accuses the Intelligence Community Inspector General of coordinating w Republicans to damage Hillary. Wow.”
A Jan. 14 letter obtained by Fox News on Tuesday shows McCullough contacted the House and Senate intelligence committees and leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and State Department inspector general regarding Clinton’s SAP documents. The letter also said “several dozen” additional classified emails were found on Clinton’s server during a comprehensive review by intelligence agencies.
“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels,” said the IG letter. “According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”
A former senior law-enforcement official told the network there was “absolutely no way” Clinton would not have recognized SAP material the moment it was received.
“It is the most sensitive of the sensitive,” the source said.
Representatives for intelligence community inspector general and ODNI had no comment on Fox’s investigation, but did not challenge its findings.