Roskam says Clinton should have known documents were classified

Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois, who serves as a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, appeared on FOX News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren last week to speak about the latest news on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Roskam maintained that as one of few government officials empowered with Original Classification Authority (OCA) by the president, Clinton should have known a classified document when she saw one.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General found of 40 emails sampled from Secretary Clinton, four were designated as either “Classified” or “Top Secret.”

“Hillary Clinton herself is one of the classifiers under the law, under an executive order from President Obama, she’s one of 21 people who is given authority by President Obama to classify things as ‘Secret’, ‘Classified’, and so forth,” Roaskam said. “So, for her to say she had no knowledge of what was classified is just a false claim.”

Roskam said the committee was “really getting to the bottom of what’s going on.”

“The Select Committee has said all along, give us access to this information so we can do the work the House has charged us to do,” he said. “I think it’s incredibly important thing that we get those emails.”

The full video of Roskam’s statement can be accessed online at

Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) has represented Illinois’s 6th District in the House of Representatives since 2007. Born in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1961, Rep. Roskam previously served as Chief Deputy Whip from 2011 to 2014. Rep. Roskam was educated at University of Illinois & Chicago-Kent College of Law and is married to Elizabeth.

He serves on the following committees: Committee on Ways and Means.