State Department finds 30 deleted Clinton emails on Benghazi

The US State Department have discovered thirty emails among the records recovered from Hillary Clinton’s private server, the agency said Tuesday.

According to the original report by thWashington Examiner, the emails were included among the nearly 15,000 emails the FBI has discovered during a year long probe of recovering information from the server.

Some emails were deleted beyond recovery after Clinton’s team used a digital program called BleachBit to scrub the hardware that was eventually confiscated by law enforcement.

A judge asked the agency to hasten its review of the documents in order to align with the timely release of information to Judicial Watch, a right-leaning group that filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Agency lawyers said during the 11:45 hearing on Tuesday that they had not determined how many of the emails related to Benghazi were already disclosed in the 55,000 pages worth of emails that were turned over in 2014.

Judicial Watch representatives have asked the State Department to comb through deleted records to determine whether any fell under the FOIA request for Benghazi-related emails.

Clinton previously told the FBI, Congress and the general public that she turned over all work-related communications in 2014- therefore, any newly-discovered information could prove detrimental to her case- possibly jeopardizing her presidential run.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that the US State Department had requested 30 days to review the records before releasing them to the group.

It is unknown just how many emails were deleted beyond recovery after BleachBit was applied to her server. She claimed in March of 2015 that the emails she chose not to keep were deemed personal in nature.

However, FBI Director James Comey said last month that his agents had pulled thousands of work-related emails from the server, raising questions of how exactly she decided which records she would disclose and which to delete.

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