Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is to hand over her private email server and a thumb drive with work emails to the U.S. Justice Department.
While being U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been using a private email srver to send and receive work-related emails. The use of a private server was made known to the public in March of this year and has become part of Republican rhetoric against Clinton, that she was using a private server against the rules of record-keeping and transparency laws. They have been urging inspection to her private account and he server that is located at her New York home. Clinton has declined to hand over the server, since she has not broken any rules.
The Federal Buerau of Investigation has started to look into the security of the federal records whether any classified information is contained in the Clinton emails.
According to Reuters, the FBI Inspector general of the U.S. intelligence agencies Charles McCullough III notified the FBI that he has a concern that the emails contain top secret information, the highest classification level. The classified documents seem to have been sent during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department and government forbids sending of classified information via an unsecure network. He claims that he has found at least four emails that contain top secret unformation and that were compartmentalized such as Special Intelligence and Talent Keyhole, which means their access is restricted.
According to a Clinton campaign spokesman, Nick Merrill, the hardware server is to be given to the Justice Department for Federal investigation. He said “She pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them.”
Hillary Clinton stated that no rules and laws were broken with her use of a private account clintonemail.com, instead of an official state.gov email address. The arangement was due to a need of a less complicated means of communication. She has the support of e key Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee who stated that there is no sign whatsoever that Clinton has been sending classified information via her private account. All information she has been exchanging has not been classified at the time.
She previously hadned over 30,000 work-related emails, which while being redacted were released for the public due to a court order. Another 30,000 emails have been deleted, because they are person non-work emails, that Clinton deemed as “not to keep”.
Republican efforts of this kind of attack on the frontrunner for the Democrat nomination for 2016 Elections are deemed as desperate to distort the public opinion of the former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator, Hillary Clinton and portray her as a President who is not to be trusted. Clinton is leading in all national polls in the race for the Democratic nomination and is running a very succesful campaign against the Republican party.