The FBI has recovered emails from Hillary Clinton’s private computer server Clinton had used while secretary of state, Bloomberg News reported late Tuesday.
The news outlet, quoting a source familiar with the federal investigation into Clinton’s private email server, said the recovered emails may signal that the messages Clinton deleted are able to be retrieved, and may become public.
When asked about the Bloomberg report, Clinton’s presidential campaign spokesman Nick Merrill told Fox News that Clinton’s team “will always cooperate with the FBI,” and that Clinton and her staff “simply don’t know what the FBI has, and doesn’t have” in regard to the ongoing investigation.
Clinton said earlier this year that the emails she deleted from the private server said to be kept for a time at her Chappaqua, N.Y., home mostly pertained to personal matters such as daughter Chelsea’s wedding and the secretary’s yoga routines.
Fox News’ Ed Henry said, should the report of the newly-recovered emails prove true, that some of the emails recovered would already be in investigators’ hands, as Clinton had previously turned over thousands of pages of correspondence in response to the inquiry.
An FBI “A-team” is leading the “extremely serious” investigation into Clinton’s server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” an intelligence source told Fox News.
The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.
A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings. The campaign’s standard defense and that of Clinton is that she “never sent nor received any email that was marked classified” at the time.
It is not clear how the FBI team’s findings will impact the probe itself. But the details offer a window into what investigators are looking for — as the Clinton campaign itself downplays the controversy.