U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that she did not use a private email account to send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, in response to a government inspector’s letter this week.
“I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,” Clinton said at a campaign stop in Iowa.
The email controversy has dogged Clinton’s bid for the presidency, fuelling worries that the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination has tried to sidestep transparency and record-keeping laws.
At least four emails from the private email account that Clinton used while secretary of state contained classified information, Inspector General Charles McCullough, who oversees U.S. intelligence agencies, told members of Congress in a letter on Thursday.
Clinton said on Saturday she had “no idea” about those emails mentioned in the letter.
McCullough’s letter said a sampling of 40 of about 30,000 emails sent or received by Clinton found at least four that contained information the government had classified as secret.
The information was classified at the time that the emails were sent, McCullough said.
While Clinton faces little competition for the Democratic Party’s nomination, several recent polls have found a majority of voters find her untrustworthy, a perception potentially exacerbated by controversy over her emails.