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Justice Department Probe into Hillary Clinton’s Private E-Mail Server Expands

The presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to turn over to the Justice Department the private email server and thumb drives containing copies of emails from the server used during her four year tenure at State.

The decision from Clinton’s campaign, which had resisted providing access to the server and emails, came after the I. Charles McCullough III, the Intelligence Community Inspector General confirmed that the server was used to transmit highly classified Top Secret/SCI information.

The former Secretary of State had previously denied using the private email server to send any classified communications.

A State Department spokesman this week said that agency staff ““circulated these e-mails on unclassified systems in 2009 and 2011 and ultimately some were forwarded to Secretary Clinton,” suggesting their classification level was subsequently raised, and that disagreement about classification of the documents exists within the government.

Nonetheless, the intelligence community and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the security of the email server to assess whether other classified information had been sent, and whether adversaries may have accessed national security secrets from the system.

“I appreciate the Intelligence Community Inspector General providing more information in response to the questions that many members of Congress and the public have regarding the classified emails that were on former Secretary of State Clinton’s private server and on a thumb drive with her private attorney,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a statement. “This information revealed by the inspector general makes it even more important that the FBI and the State Department secure these documents.  To date, the two agencies most critical to securing this information have failed to assure the American people that they are taking the necessary steps to protect America’s national security interests.”

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