With all the discussion about Hillary's email server and classified documents, I found myself asking who designates a document as classified. Turns out that the President and Vice President can classify a document, as can agency heads and officials designated by the President.
OK. Since I'm sure that the president does not spend his time classifying documents throughout the entire federal bureaucracy, he must be designating that authority to agency heads....For example, the State Department would be an agency, and Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State would be the agency head, would she not?
So it is Hillary herself who would have the authority to designate a document as classified! What does she mean she never sent anything that was marked as classified. She is the one who would be responsible for doing the marking!!
Now it seems that she can designate someone else to do the classifying for her, according to Executive Order 13526 which follows.
But if Hillary designated someone below her to choose which documents to classify, that would need to be done under Hillary's authority and with her instructions!
So for Hillary Clinton to claim ignorance of what was classified and what was not is nonsense. She was the one in charge of the process for her agency, the State Department!
Am I missing something? What follows is the order designating authority to classify documents.
According to Executive Order 13526--Classified National Security Information, issued by President Obama, information may originally be classified only by the following people.
Sec. 1.3. Classification Authority. (a) The authority to classify information originally may be exercised only by:
(1) the President and the Vice President;
(2) agency heads and officials designated by the President; and
(3) United States Government officials delegated this authority pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section.
(c) Delegation of original classification authority.
(1) Delegations of original classification authority shall be limited to the minimum required to administer this order. Agency heads are responsible for ensuring that designated subordinate officials have a demonstrable and continuing need to exercise this authority.