Via Sputnik News Agency…
Clinton was quizzed on the issue, which continues to dog her, after holding a town hall-style meeting with voters in North Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Media reports described Clinton as occasionally short-tempered and sharp during the brief exchange, which was quickly ended by one of her staff.
When asked if she knew whether her server was wiped clean, Clinton replied, “What, like with a cloth or something?” according to the Washington Post report.
She was then asked again if her server had been wiped and this time replied “I don’t know how it works at all,” according to the report.
A third reporter asked Clinton as she departed whether the issue would ever disappear and she replied, “Nobody talks to me about it other than you guys.”
The private e-mail server that Clinton operated from her home during her four years as US secretary of state was seized last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from the data center where it was being stored in New Jersey for more than two years.
Clinton had approved the FBI taking control of the server as part of a probe to check whether the data she had stored there was secure.
“In order to be as cooperative as possible, we have turned over the server,” the Post quoted Clinton as telling reporters, also on Tuesday. “In retrospect, what was meant to be convenient has turned out to be anything but convenient.”
Clinton already released 30,000 work related emails from her private account to the State Department in December 2014. She claims that she deleted the other 31,000 emails she sent and received on the server because they were personal.
The stunning imbroglio of Hillary Clinton’s path to The White House took another absurd twist tonight when just hours after The FBI confirmed an “attempt” was made to wipe the hard drive of her email server (or in other words, remove all data on it), the former secretary of state seemed to mock the claims in a press conference. When asked specifically if she wiped the server, she ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ then jokingly said “what with a cloth or something?”
Via The Daily Beast…
NBC News quotes an FBI official as being optimistic that data can be recovered. Clinton’s campaign told Politifact “work-related emails were deleted after she turned them over to the State Department” last December, which means before she handed the server over to the FBI last month. The exact date is unknown.
The Associated Press reported earlier Tuesday that investigators may be able to discern how secure her email system was, whether its files had been backed up, and if anyone else had accounts on the system.