Hillary Clinton finally agreed to hand over to federal investigators the private server on which she stored the elusive Benghazi e-mails during her tenure as secretary of state. The move is designed to dispel suspicions that her failing to use a Justice Department server compromised national security.
Her presidential campaign staffers recently reported that the Democratic frontrunner had instructed them to turn over to DOJ both the private server and a USB flash drive she used to store a backup copy of the controversial e-mail messages.
Congressional Republicans had urged her for months to hand over the server to an independent party that could establish whether she had given DOJ all work e-mails or there were more among the 31,000 messages she had deleted from server because they were “private.”
Even her fellow democrats asked her to find a way to quash concerns over her nefarious work e-mail practices. The polls show that she is no longer perceived as an honest person in the wake of the Benghazi e-mail scandal.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Congressional Republican from Iowa, said that “it was hard to believe” that the former secretary of state turned over the server to federal officials. He added that never before he had seen top secret classified data to be held by an “unauthorized person” on a home server.
Sen. Grassley is part of the House committee that sought ways of convincing Mrs Clinton to hand over any top secret information from her private server for months. The private server and thumb stick were held in her lawyer’s office, she said.
In the last months, federal investigators found top secret material among her e-mails so they submitted a report to the U.S. Department of Justice in July. Currently, intelligence agency’ investigators are focused on finding whether the security of the former secretary of state’ e-mail system was compromised and whether any information was leaked to a foreign government.
Nick Merrill, one of her camping office spokespersons, recently said that the Democratic presidential candidate would fully cooperate with federal investigators and address any questions related to the e-mail matters.
But we don’t know yet what data the server may hold and whether IT experts may be able to un-erase some of the 31,000 e-mails. As of March, her attorney told the House panel investigating the issue that the server contained no more work e-mails related to the Benghazi affair.
House Speaker John Boehner said that Mrs Clinton’s claims that she had no sensitive government information on her home server were “patently untrue,” so a through investigation needed to be conducted.
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