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Gowdy, GOP Blast Clinton Over Emails: She's 'Out of Options'

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 07:54 AM

Republicans are in an uproar after news broke that two of the classified emails found on Hillary Clinton's email server were "Top Secret."

"This information revealed by the inspector general makes it even more important that the FBI and the State Department secure these documents," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said.

"To date, the two agencies most critical to securing this information have failed to assure the American people that they are taking the necessary steps to protect America's national security interests."

"That's a long time for top secret classified information to be held by an unauthorized person outside of an approved, secure government facility," he told NBC News.

Hillary Clinton has since told her aides to give the Justice Department the server, along with a thumb drive that contained copies of the emails, according to The New York Times.

House Speaker John Boehner said "it's about time" Clinton handed over the server, according to NBC News.

"Secretary Clinton's previous statements that she possessed no classified information were patently untrue," Boehner said. "Her mishandling of classified information must be fully investigated."

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said the information represented a "serious national security issue," NBC News reported.

"The revelation that Secretary Clinton exclusively used private email for official public business, and the multitude of issues that emanated from her decision, including this most recent one, demonstrates what can happen when Congress and those equally committed to exposing the truth, doggedly pursue facts and follow them," he said, according to NBC News.

He also said, "For months the Select Committee on Benghazi has called on Secretary Clinton to turn over her server to a neutral, detached third party for independent forensic examination... "She refused every entreat," USA Today reported.

And the Republican National Committee also weighed in on the issue.

"All this means is that Hillary Clinton, in the face of FBI scrutiny, has decided she has run out of options," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement, according to USA Today. "She knows she did something wrong and has run out of ways to cover it up."

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump addressed the situation in his press conference Tuesday night, saying "If they judge it fairly, she's got a very big problem."

Clinton aides have insisted that nothing on her server was classified at the time she saw it, and that classified messages were labeled as such after the emails were turned over.

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