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 ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE’s personal server and downplaying revelations that 22 of the messages were classified at the highest level.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Democrat: Trump only loyal to the 'pro-Trump' party Sunday shows preview: Trump officials gear up for UN assembly 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.”

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“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.”