Rubio: Clinton e-mails could put national security at risk

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE (R-Fla.) argued Monday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE's use of a private email server while at the State Department may have put America's national security at risk, even if she didn't send and receive classified information.

"If you are using a private server, you make them susceptible to foreign espionage,” he said on Fox News' "The Five."


“If there was anything in those emails that was sensitive in nature, not just classified God forbid, even sensitive, I think it puts national security at risk," said Rubio, who, like Clinton, is expected to make a run for the White House next year.

Rubio's comments come days after the House Select Committee on Benghazi said that Clinton had scrubbed the server clean, leaving no trace of the 30,000 emails that were not turned over to the State Department.

Clinton and her team have argued that those emails were completely personal in nature and that she went above and beyond by turning over another 30,000 in official emails to State. Her team also told reporters that the server had "robust protections" and that there is "no evidence there ever was a breach."

Rubio said that any leak could have given a diplomatic or security advantage to any country that gained access to her emails with staff, even those without classified information. But he cautioned that the presumed Democratic presidential front-runner has "bigger problems" than the email controversy.

"She's the chief architect of the foreign policy that's been a disaster," he said.

Rubio added that while he uses personal email, that he doesn't discuss any sensitive information on it because he knows that his email could be at risk of a hack. He also characterized his correspondence with his staff as of lower international relevance than Clinton's emails with State Department officials.