She grows impatient as she waits for “talking points” about a sensitive matter.
Sullivan emails her, “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.”
Then Clinton emails him, “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.” (US Department of State, 1/7/2016)
Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon will later claim, “What she was asking was that any information that could be transmitted on the unclassified system be transmitted. It is wrong to suggest that she was requesting otherwise. The State Department looked into this and confirmed that no classified material was sent through a non-secure fax or email.”
There has been no official comment from the State Department on this exchange yet. (The Washington Post, 3/27/2016)
Senator Charles Grassley (R), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will later call the exchange between Clinton and Sullivan “disturbing.” He will say, “It raises a host of serious questions and underscores the importance of the various inquiries into the transmittal of classified information through her non-government email server.” (CNN, 1/8/2016)
In February 2016, Sullivan will give his opinion about this email in an FBI interview. According to the FBI, “Sullivan did not recall this specific email but believed that Clinton’s request indicated that she would have wanted him to make an unclassified version of the document, summarize the contents, and then send it to her on a non-secure fax.” (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 9/2/2016)
In 2016, Clinton will give her opinion about this email on two occasions.
Alo in 2016, FBI Diretor James Comey will give his opinion about the email.