FBI Director James Comey's press conference on Tuesday brought out several previously unknown details that may have been overshadowed by his recommendation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not be indicted.
highlighted some of them:
More than 100 of the emails sent and received on Clinton's private server were marked classified at the time. Clinton has repeatedly said no emails were marked classified at the time, though some may have been deemed so afterward.
There were actually 113 emails in more than 50 email chains that contained sensitive information, according to Comey, and that eight of those were considered "top secret," the highest classification level.
Clinton's lawyers deleted "several thousand work-related emails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton" to the State Department, Comey said. They were found by searching old servers where fragments were stored after they were deleted by lawyers who ran searches to separate private from public emails and on the email accounts of people who communicated with Clinton.
Comey said there was no evidence those emails were intentionally deleted to hide them from release since the lawyers did not read them individually, but simply used search terms to find those that were work-related.
And since Clinton used her own server, the emails were not archived like they would have been by the State Department's server or even by commercial web-based email services such as Gmail.
That said, there are possibly more emails that Clinton did not turn over, but that also were not findable still on Clinton's servers or on recipients' accounts.
Comey also revealed that Clinton did not use a single server during her entire tenure, but used multiple unsecured servers and used multiple devices with which she sent and received government emails.
Clinton's server might also have been hacked, Comey said, though no such evidence was found. Those who might have had reason to hack into the U.S. secretary of state's email, however, would be sophisticated enough to avoid detection, he added.
And other people might have faced punishment for similar actions, Comey said. While previous cases have not resulted in criminal prosecution, "those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions," he said.
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