St. Augustine, FL – The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community has found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–s private, unclassified, e-mail account contained e-mails that “should have been handled as classified, appropriately marked, and transmitted via a secure network.”? The Inspector General has referred this matter to counterintelligence officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement:

"Hillary Clinton has repeatedly asserted that she did not send classified material using her personal e-mail and we now know that is false.  In his review of just a sample of Clinton–s e-mails, the Inspector General found several that contained classified information at the time of sending, and should not have been sent using Clinton–s unsecured server.  

It appears that Clinton prioritized the evasion of public records laws over proper security protocols, putting our national security at risk in the process. Breaches of this nature are serious and, as someone who handled classified information while serving in the military, I can say with some certainty that such conduct would not have been overlooked if committed by a military officer. Attorney General Loretta Lynch should immediately take up an investigation into Clinton–s mishandling of classified information.  Congress must also do its part to determine the extent of the damage that has been done via Secretary Clinton's recklessness."