State IG: Classified email found from Powell, Rice tenures

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, AP file photo

WASHINGTON – The State Department watchdog says former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts.

Revelations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server have dogged her presidential campaign.

The State Department inspector general made the revelations to Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland, senior Democrat on a House oversight committee. Cummings has written Secretary of State John Kerry seeking more information.

According to Cummings’ letter to Kerry, the IG is reviewing the records preservation practices of five former secretaries of state and their immediate staffs. The IG says 12 emails being reviewed contained classified national security information – two to Powell and 10 to Rice’s immediate staff.

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