Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Tuesday night that she will provide her private email server and a thumb drive containing her messages to the Justice Department, which is reviewing the security of the unusual email arrangement she used as secretary of State.
On Tuesday, Clinton’s campaign said she had agreed to turn the server over to the Justice Department, along with a thumb drive containing copies of thousands of messages already provided to the State Department.
The State Department has refused him access to the entire batch of Clinton’s 30,000 work-related emails despite requests. The former first lady and senator from New York, now a Democratic presidential contender, had said she wanted those emails to be released to the public, which the State Department was slowly in the process of doing.
Those two emails were among four that had previously been determined by the inspector general of the intelligence community to have been classified at the time they were sent.
The inspector general had informed congressional committees that five out of 40 her randomly selected emails contained classified information.
“Being the fact that this is Hillary Clinton with significant resources and a reputation to uphold, I would say that those who are seeking out additional information on the servers … would have a very hard time finding something”, said Robert Siciliano, an online-security expert.
Those emails are in possession of the State Department, which has been gradually releasing them to the public.
The development was quickly seized by Clinton’s Republican opponents as a chance to portray her not worthy of the White House.
Clinton may have run afoul of the same law that makes keeping classified documents at an “unauthorized location” a misdemeanor, experts say – a minor crime but one that would embarrass the candidate and give her rivals fodder.
“We are perplexed by the failure of Secretary Kerry to suspend immediately the clearance or all parties involved with Mrs. Clinton’s server”, continued Taylor.
But with the FBI investigation just getting underway – and Clinton scheduled to testify before the House Benghazi Committee October 22nd – questions about her personal server will continue to follow her on the campaign trail.
The FBI has been looking into the security of the private server and investigators have been trying to determine whether Clinton sent or received classified information on an unsecured system. But now it seems the former secretary of state was, at best, presumptive in her claims and, at worst, disingenuous.
Presidency hopeful Hillary Clinton has revealed she regrets sending work emails from her personal server. It is unclear whether technical experts could recover any deleted emails. “Her mishandling of classified information must be fully investigated”. Grassley said the inspector general of the nation’s intelligence community had reported the new details about the higher classification to Congress on Tuesday.
And Terry Shumaker, a longtime supporter in New Hampshire, said the issue didn’t come up during Clinton’s campaigning in the state this week. The State Division disputes that the emails have been categorized on the time.