Two emails containing classified information from two people in Hillary Clinton's inner circle jump-started the FBI investigation into her use of a private email setup during her time as secretary of state, according to a new report.
Fox News reports
that emails from Clinton adviser Huma Abedin and aide Jake Sullivan passed through Clinton's private email server. The messages were about military intelligence information a year before the 2012 Benghazi attack, and about the aftermath of the Benghazi attack.
Fox News reports that it confirmed via the intelligence community inspector general the material in the emails was classified when it was sent.
Both Abedin and Sullivan are working on Clinton's presidential campaign.
The FBI took control of Clinton's email server last week and its agents are now combing through it, even though the device was wiped clean of all data. A report this week said the FBI may be able to recover some of the erased data
from the server.
The email scandal has dogged Clinton all year, and her poll numbers as she campaigns for president are starting to take a hit. Her main challenger from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is gaining ground on her
and is actually tied with the former first lady in one New Hampshire poll.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump, the leading candidate for president on the Republican side, trails Clinton by just 6 points
in another poll.
Clinton addressed the email controversy during a press conference Tuesday in Las Vegas. Fox News' Ed Henry and Clinton had a "contentious" back and forth
for nearly 5 minutes about the scandal.
When Henry asked Clinton if she tried to wipe her server, she replied with a joke answer.
"What, with a cloth or something?" she asked. Henry rephrased his question and Clinton replied, "I don't know how it works digitally at all."
FBI investigators have flagged more than 300 of Clinton's emails
thus far that may contain classified information. The number is expected to climb.
At one point, her server was managed and maintained by a small, Denver-based company whose office at the time was in a loft apartment. Clinton's server was located in a bathroom closet
, it was reported this week.
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