Hillary Clinton's private email server turned over to the FBI

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server was handed over to the FBI after investigators found it contained messages that were later classified top secret.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server was handed over to the FBI after investigators found it contained messages that were later classified top secret.

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered her team to hand over her private email server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday, Barbara Wells, the lawyer representing Platte River Networks, the firm that handles Clinton's servers, told The Washington Post that the exchange was part of a voluntarily agreement and not the result of a subpoena. 

Wells, who was not available Thursday to answer an SCMagazine.com query, also told the Post that, to her knowledge, most of the servers were blank. 

An intelligence community inspector general informed the Senate Judiciary Committee it found at least four emails on Clinton's private server that contained classified information, two of which were previously labeled "above secret" and have now been reclassified as "Top Secret," according to a report from the Inspection General of Intelligence. Clinton's campaign maintains that the messages were not classified at the time they were sent during here tenure. 

The information in the those two emails was also classified under “SI" (Special Intelligence) and classifications relating to intelligence obtained via satellite among others. The State Department is reviewing the remaining two emails to determine their level of classification when they were sent. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said in a statement made on Thursday that "none of the emails alleged to contain classified information were written by Secretary Clinton," and went on to say the alleged messages didn't contained classified markings.

Feinstein did say it's still unclear if Clinton received emails containing classified information and if the information should have been classified in the first place. The State Department Inspector General is reviewing the email practices of the past five Secretaries of State along with their senior staff.  

"As someone who regularly reviews classified material, I can say that those documents are always clearly marked as containing classified information," said Feinstein. "Every official who writes classified material, whether in email or on paper, must mark the information as classified."

What's more, Feinstein added, "They would also be required to use a separate classified email system to transmit the information. The emails identified did not contain these markings."

Clinton Campaign's lawyer also handed over three thumb drives containing nearly 30,000 emails to the FBI after officials determined he could no longer be in possession of the classified information. 

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