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Hillary Clinton’s email server turned over to the FBI

The mail server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was secretary of state was turned over to the FBI late Wednesday afternoon from a private data center in New Jersey, according to a lawyer familiar with the transfer.

“He was picked up around 4 p.m.,” said Barbara J. Wells, a Denver attorney who represents Platte River Networks Inc., a small IT services company that has run the Clintons’ private messaging system since mid-2013.

Wells said his client was contacted by the FBI, which expressed interest in obtaining the old server. The FBI did not have a search warrant or subpoena and did not interview its clients, she said.

The FBI’s request for information about Clinton’s email system follows a referral from the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community to the Justice Department in July.

Intelligence officials expressed concern that sensitive information was not in government possession and could be “compromised”. The referral did not accuse Clinton of wrongdoing, and officials familiar with the investigation said the FBI was not targeting her.

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In addition to obtaining the old server, the FBI recently obtained a USB drive in the possession of Clinton attorney David Kendall that contained copies of work emails stored on the server.

Before being moved to the New Jersey data center, the server was in the basement of the Clintons’ private home in Chappaqua, New York, when she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the Clintons’ email. network.

After leaving public service in early 2013, the Clintons decided to upgrade the system, hiring Platte River as the new manager of a privately run email network. The old server was removed from the Clinton home by Platte River and stored in a third-party data center, which is configured to provide security against hacking and natural disaster threats, Wells said.

Platte River Networks has retained control of the old server since taking over management of the Clintons’ email system. She said the old server “was empty” and no longer contained useful data.

“The information had been migrated to another server for transition purposes,” from the old system to one managed by Platte River, she said, recalling the transfer that took place in June 2013.

“To my knowledge, data from the old server is not currently available on any server or device under the control of Platte River Network.”

She said Platte River officials “worked and cooperated fully with the FBI.” She added that “we have been assured that Platte River Networks is not under investigation.”

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Wednesday’s FBI transfer came a day after a senior intelligence official whose office reviewed some of Clinton’s emails informed congressional leaders that top-secret information had been contained in two emails. who traveled on the server.

The email issue has become problematic for Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Wednesday, his campaign struggled to reassure donors and supporters amid growing controversy over the email issue. In a bombshell email, campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said “that kind of nonsense comes with the territory of running for president.”

The controversy over Clinton’s emails dates back to the summer of 2014, when, according to government officials, State Department attorneys realized they did not have access to some of her records when they were preparing responses to congressional requests related to the 2012 attacks on a US Compound in Benghazi, Libya.

In October 2014, the State Department asked four former secretaries to turn over emails in their personal possession. In December, Clinton turned over more than 55,000 pages of emails, which she said represented all of her work-related correspondence. She said she deleted all other emails she had sent or received as secretary of state, saying they only dealt with personal matters.

In March, The New York Times reported that Clinton exclusively used a private email system. Clinton said she treats her emails this way for the convenience of carrying only one phone. The news sparked a flurry of criticism, particularly from congressional Republicans, complaining that Clinton’s private server arrangement put his talks out of reach of government investigators, congressional committees and courts seeking evidence. State Department public records.

Clinton’s private email system has passed through different hands. As of 2008, responsibility for the system was held by Justin Cooper, a longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton who served as a special assistant to help the former president with his books.

“The system we used was set up for President Clinton’s office. And he had many guarantees. It was on Secret Service property. And there was no security breach,” Hillary Clinton said in March.

Those briefed on the server setup say the device installed for Bill Clinton was deemed too small for the addition of a cabinet member. Instead, a server that had been purchased for use by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 was installed at Chappaqua’s home.

Along with the new server came an additional specialist who had worked as his campaign’s director of internet technology and then went to the State Department as an IT specialist.

Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig contributed to this report.