After Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed she deleted 32,000 out of the approximately 60,000 emails she sent and received on her private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, reports suggest that investigators have succeeded in recovering a number of the emails.
Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that “according to a person familiar with the investigation,” investigators at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have “recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state.”
The FBI began looking into Clinton’s email practices after it was revealed that the private email server she used for government business contained classified information.
While Clinton has claimed that none of the emails she sent or received on her server contained classified information “at the time,” the FBI has upgraded over 300 of the 30,000 emails she handed over, and reports suggest that those emails were in fact “born classified.”
Clinton also insisted that she deleted about 32,000 of the emails from her server, because they were “personal,” after her email practices were revealed in March. However, when looking into the 30,000 emails Clinton turned over to the FBI, investigators found gaps of months at a time in her records.
A spokesperson for Platte River Networks, a Denver-based firm that has managed Clinton’s server since 2013, said that the firm had “no knowledge” of Clinton’s server being wiped and that if the emails were simply deleted, they might still be retrievable.
Bloomberg noted that while “the exact number of personal e-mails recovered by the FBI could not be learned,” the FBI’s success at “salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public.“
The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s emails practices could last for several months, and in a letter to the State Department, following a court-ordered inquiry, the FBI refused to give any kind of update regarding information that has been recovered from Clinton’s server. The agency also would not confirm or deny whether an investigation into Clinton’s email practices was actually taking place.