Hillary Clinton will turn over her entire private email server to the Justice Department, a campaign spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. In doing so, Clinton will be cooperating with an investigation into whether classified information was improperly stored during her time as secretary of state and ensuring that many, many people have access to her often boring emails.
On Tuesday, her lawyer, David Kendall, also handed over three thumb drives containing around 30,000 copies of emails sent from her personal address.
From the AP:
Word that Clinton had relented on giving up possession of the server, which she has previously said she wiped clean, came as Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were deemed “Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information” - a rating that is among the government’s highest classifications...
Those two emails were among four that had previously been determined by the inspector general of the intelligence community to have been classified at the time they were sent. The State Department disputes that the emails were classified at that time.
The decision indicates that the campaign may be attempting to stifle criticism that Clinton isn’t totally forthcoming. CNN reports that 58 percent of voters say that it is of the utmost importance that their next president is “honest and trustworthy.” That is indeed a good thing to want from a president.
“[Clinton] has pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them,” said spokesperson Nick Merrill. “It is her hope that State and the other agencies involved in the review process will sort out as quickly as possible which emails are appropriate to release to the public, and that the release will be as timely and transparent as possible.”
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