الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Clinton to hand over email server

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question from the audience during a community forum about substance abuse in Keene, New Hampshire, on 11 August

Hillary Clinton has agreed to hand over the private email server that she used as secretary of state to the FBI.

Her use of private email has generated a barrage of criticism as Mrs Clinton runs for president.

Critics say that her set-up was unsecure, contrary to government policy and designed to shield her communications from oversight.

The FBI is investigating the security of Mrs Clinton’s email server.

Mrs Clinton initially handed over thousands of pages of emails to the state department, but not the server.

Her lawyers will also hand over memory sticks, which contain the copies of the emails, to the FBI.

Her use of private email has been a major issue in presidential race. Polls show an increasing number of voters view her as “untrustworthy” due in part to the questions surrounding her email use.

Under US federal law, officials’ correspondence is considered to be US government property.

‘Personal’ emails deleted

Government employees are encouraged to use government email accounts although some top officials have used personal accounts in the past.

In March, Mrs Clinton said she and her lawyers made the decision over what would be considered work-related email when the state department asked for records from former secretaries of state.

The emails deemed work-related were about half of the 60,000 emails she sent in total during her time in office. The emails she deemed personal were deleted, Mrs Clinton said.

Since then, the state department has been releasing the emails to the public in batches about once a month.

However on Tuesday, the state department said it would not be releasing a portion of the emails because some of the messages were retroactively determined to be “top secret”.

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