Key Dem: Don't ‘leap to conclusions’ on Clinton's emails

Key Dem: Don't ‘leap to conclusions’ on Clinton's emails
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is bemoaning leaks about emails on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaltry wage gains, rising deficits two key tax reform concerns Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference MORE’s personal server and downplaying revelations that 22 of the messages were classified at the highest level.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes Top Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes New York seeks authority to prosecute despite presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday that leaks about the emails linked to the FBI or Justice Department were from ”people pushing a narrative.”

“I’m just urging people not to leap to conclusions, not to try to politicize this,” Schiff said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

On Friday, the State Department said that 22 of Clinton’s emails were classified as top secret and would not be released to the public in any form. 

The revelation added fuel to the fire of criticism surrounding Clinton’s front-runner Democratic presidential campaign, though a campaign spokesman quickly decried the decision as “over-classification run amok.”

The State Department has refused to discuss the content of the emails.

One anonymous government official told Fox News that the messages contained “operational intelligence” that may have jeopardized “sources, methods and lives.” 

The FBI has been looking into the security of the server setup for months to determine whether classified information was properly handled.

On Tuesday, Schiff, who has endorsed Clinton’s presidential bid, attempted to downplay the high classification.

“Much has been made of the classification level to imply conclusions, and I would just urge people to let the [Freedom of Information Act] process work its way and let the Justice Dept finish this review," he said.

“The most that I can say, just in general terms, is that the determination that something is top secret, for many people connotes that these are the most closely held secrets, that their revelation would be extremely damaging,” he added. “There are potentially programs that are talked about all the time in the press that fit within that category.

"And so I wouldn’t leap to conclusions based on the classification that it’s revelation would have that kind of consequential impact.”