Lawyer: US investigating device storage of Clinton emails
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have begun looking into the security of devices on which Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email was stored when she was secretary of state, Clinton’s attorney confirmed Wednesday.
“We are actively cooperating” with the investigation, David Kendall said in a statement.
The inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community alerted the FBI last month to concerns that classified information was included in emails that went through Clinton’s personal home server. The referral to the Justice Department did not seek a criminal probe and did not specifically target Clinton.
The Washington Post, which first reported the FBI’s involvement, said the FBI has asked Kendall about the security of a thumb drive containing copies of Clinton’s work emails sent during her tenure as secretary of state, which is in his possession. The Post cited two anonymous government officials, who said that the FBI was not targeting Clinton.
Clinton’s emails have been under scrutiny since The Associated Press revealed in March that she used a private “homebrew” server traced to her New York home while she was the top U.S. diplomat. Government and congressional investigators have been trying to determine whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email.
Clinton has maintained that she never sent classified information on her personal email account, which she said in March she used as a matter of convenience to limit her number of electronic devices. She has also repeatedly defended her email usage, saying her private server had “numerous safeguards” and placing responsibility for releasing the documents on the State Department.
An FBI spokesman contacted Tuesday night by The Associated Press declined to comment.
Last month, the inspector general of the intelligence community revealed that he had found four emails containing classified information while reviewing a limited sample of 40 of the tens of thousands of emails provided by Clinton. Those four messages were not marked as classified but should have been handled as such because they contained classified information at the time they were sent, the inspector general said.
The inspector general has also sought copies of the 30,000 emails in State Department possession so that it can make sure that enough controls are in place to protect national security information.