A US federal judge on Thursday said that former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, failed to obey government policies with her unique email arrangement and that he expects the State Department to cooperate with the FBI to find out which emails can be recovered within 30 days.
At a hearing for a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department, Judge Emmet G.Sullivan said, “We wouldn’t be here today had this employee followed government policy.”
Clinton has in the past months repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding her use of a private email server at her home to carry out government business, back when she was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
Clinton turned in 30,000 work related emails to the department earlier this year and said she deleted the same amount of emails that were personal. After this, her server was “wiped clean” according to her lawyer.
Although the department is now stamping “Classified” on a few dozen of Clinton’s emails, that were publicly released, they argue this is not a sign that she disobeyed the rule. The department and Clinton both say this is not evidence the information was classified when she first sent or received it.
However, Reuters said after examining the emails they came to the conclusion that the new stamps point out some of Clinton’s emails include the kind of information the US government and the department’s own regulations automatically consider classified, regardless of already being distinguished that way or not. The agency says, around 30 email threads were classified on the actual day Clinton sent or received it.
An inspector general for US intelligence agencies, had also made an analysis last month and had said that the four of the many emails examined in his office contained classified government secrets with two of them being “top secret” at the time they were sent.
The State Department had said they were not sure if the findings of the inspector general were correct, they also disputed the analysis of Reuters, the agency says.
Judge Sullivan’s order came the day after Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign told reporters, federal agencies could have separate points of view on what can be considered classified.
Judge Sullivan said he will decide whether or not to allow discovery in the case after the FBI and State Department’s cooperation reaches a conclusion, which could then lead to an even more thorough investigation of Clinton’s actions at the State Department.