Hillary Clinton forwarded an email to her daughter Chelsea in 2009, which is now deemed classified by the State Department, according to documents released Friday, as reported by Politico.
The email was sent from the Democratic presidential nominee to her daughter's private email in December 2009, but it is unknown if the email stamped "confidential" should have been treated as classified before it was forwarded.
"The portion of this email that was upgraded was provided to the Department by former Secretary Clinton back in December 2014," State Department spokesman John Kirby told Politico. "It was upgraded to confidential — the lowest level of classification — and released in October 2015 during our regular productions of approximately 52,000 pages of former Secretary Clinton’s emails.
"As to whether emails were classified at the time they were sent, the State Department in the [Freedom of Information Act] process is focusing on whether information needs to be protected today."
The email was among 74 documents released by the State Department on Friday, amid an FOIA court order. Two of those emails were newly upgraded to "confidential," according to Politico.
"We were ordered by the court to process 350 pages of material received from the FBI by [Friday] . . . and have met that requirement," Kirby wrote in a statement, according to the report.
The State Department generally uses "confidential" classifications on materials requested under FOIA to "withhold sensitive diplomatic communications," according to Politico, which also reported "such information is routinely handled outside classified channels at State, although it's unclear whether State's rules officially sanction that practice."
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