A top member of the House Intelligence Committee said on Saturday that Hillary Clinton did use her private server to send information clearly marked as classified, and that the revelation was only the latest in an "avalanche of falsities."
"It appears very evident that Secretary Clinton sent and received classified information that was marked as such and that was ultimately stored on her homebrewed server," said Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican who also sits on the Select Committee on Benghazi.
Clinton, who used a private server to send or receive approximately 2,100 emails containing classified information during her tenure as secretary of state, has long maintained that none of the messages were marked as such when she viewed them.
However, a 2012 message released by the State Department on Friday contradicted that claim. The message related to the ascension of Malawi's Joyce Banda to that country's presidency after the death of its former leader, Peter Mutharika.
The message stated:
(C) Purpose of Call: to offer condolences on the passing of President Mukharika and congratulate President Banda on her recent swearing in," the message said. The "(C)" indicated the information was "classified," the minimal level of secrecy. Other markings that can be used are "(U)" for unclassified, "(S)" for secret, and "TS" for top secret.
Since Clinton's server was discovered, a total of 22 messages have been marked as top secret, while 65 were deemed secret. Clinton personally authored 104 of the more than 2,000 classified messages. Another 30,000 messages were deleted by Clinton before they could be analyzed by the State Department, though the FBI has reportedly recovered some or all of that stash.
"This is the latest revelation in what is becoming an avalanche of falsities from our country's former top diplomat," Pompeo said. He closed with a call for Clinton "to finally come clean about her mishandling of classified information and to tell the truth.