State Department’s account of e-mail request differs from Clinton’s

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Clinton says she won’t use private email as president.

The FBI has recovered emails from Hillary Clinton’s private computer server Clinton had used while secretary of state, Bloomberg News reported late Tuesday. The discovery, if true, raises the possibility that Hillary’s private correspondence, which number about 30,000 emails and were supposedly deleted, will become public.

Citing a person familiar with the investigation, Bloomberg reported that the FBI is investigating why Clinton’s personal server contained classified information.Just before Clinton sat down for a 105-minute meeting with the Register’s editorial board, the Washington Post posted a news story that said the State Department’s request for her emails was “prompted entirely by the discovery that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail system.” That contradicts what Clinton has been saying, which is that agency officials asked her for her emails as part of a benign, general record-keeping effort to sweep up “everything from other secretaries of state, not just me,” as she said Sunday.Clinton, speaking at a Des Moines Register editorial board meeting Tuesday, said that although she did it solely out of convenience, she won’t do it again. The probe was said to take at least several more months to complete, according to Bloomberg. “We’ve cooperated to date and will continue to do so, including answering any questions about this that anyone including the public may have,” Nick Merrill, a Clinton campaign spokesman, told Bloomberg.

In any case, they’re unlikely to be seen until the FBI’s investigation is concluded, which likely won’t be for several months. (RELATED: Hillary’s IT Company Says Server Wasn’t Wiped Clean) The agency’s success recovering supposedly deleted emails, coupled with the non-classified “chain of custody” of Clinton’s server since her exodus from office, gives implications to one of the worst fears concerning the former secretary’s communications: They were more vulnerable to third-party exploitation than previously thought. The Democratic frontrunner also said “there is no evidence at all that my server was breached and in the State Department we had constant barrages, attacks.”

Clinton said earlier this year that the emails she deleted from the private server said to be kept for a time at her Chappaqua, N.Y., home mostly pertained to personal matters such as daughter Chelsea’s wedding and the secretary’s yoga routines. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, who has been investigating whether Clinton’s e-mail practices compromised national security. Clinton had said she wiped the server prior to transferring it to the stewardship of Platte River Networks, her IT firm, which is not officially cleared to handle classified information. That was at least three months before the agency asked Clinton and three of her predecessors to provide their emails, the Post reported. “You’re telling me something I don’t know,” Clinton said. “All I know is what I have said.

Fox News’ Ed Henry said, should the report of the newly-recovered emails prove true, that some of the emails recovered would already be in investigators’ hands, as Clinton had previously turned over thousands of pages of correspondence in response to the inquiry. In the letter, he pointed to documents suggesting that Clinton’s staff moved quickly that summer after she was first contacted about her private account. Clinton has apologised for using a private server rather than the government system but has said she sent no information by email that was classified at the time and received no material marked that way.

As Nate Silver wrote at FiveThirtyEight Politics, she has been stuck in a “poll-deflating feedback loop” in which negative news stories drive down her poll numbers, which produce more negative stories, which drive down her poll numbers. An FBI “A-team” is leading the “extremely serious” investigation into Clinton’s server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” an intelligence source told Fox News. The investigation has fueled speculation that there could have been criminal wrongdoing on the part of Clinton or her staff, although thus far she hasn’t been accused of anything. Experts say the same FBI forensic investigation that resulted in recovered emails could also find digital clues, fingerprints of potential state or non-state hackers who attempted — perhaps successfully — to penetrate the system and steal the information. It has raised questions about her judgment and honesty, about the security of confidential State Department communications while she was in office, and about how the evolving story will influence her presidential campaign.

Clinton and her campaign on Tuesday continued to point to the State Department’s request for multiple former secretaries’ e-mails, even after The Post first reported online that the agency was providing a new account. Clinton, there is someone who can sort through all this, clear much of it up and send her merrily on her way to the Democratic nomination for president. Clinton has persistently denied any wrongdoing, only admitting the server was a mistake two weeks ago while rejecting the idea she has anything to hide. Once the e-mails have been extracted, a group of agents has been separating personal correspondence and passing along work-related messages to agents leading the investigation, the person said.

But the scandal appears to have had a major effect on her presidential run, as polls show the percentage of the public who view her as honest and trustworthy has plunged. (RELATED: Hillary’s Email Apology Has Four Sentences, Four Falsehoods) Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. Due to her practice of emailing her colleagues on their state.gov email addresses, 90% of her work-related correspondence occurred on the Department’s email system, and she provided her copies as well, about 55,000 pages total. Kerry, who was also learning about her exclusive use of the e-mail account for the first time, was eager to “rip off the Band-Aid,” as two key aides described it, and to make sure the agency provided the Benghazi panel with any records it properly requested. But if the FBI concludes that her sin was a misguided but ultimately inconsequential effort to shield her personal communications from the prying eyes of Republicans and reporters, Mr. Platte River asked the Clintons what it should do, and within 24 hours a representative for the Clintons told the company to provide the device to agents, Boian said.

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