In 2009, Hillary Clinton set up a personal email server with the
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This was used for both her
work-related and personal emails during the four years she was
Secretary of State. It is reported that she did not set up a .gov
email address, which would have been hosted on government servers.
The issue came to light in March 2015 when the New York Times
reported that Mrs Clinton might have violated federal law.
According to Clinton, the personal server was set up for
"convenience" and was not used for classified
However, in July 2015, Charles McCullough, the Inspector General
of the Intelligence Community told Congress he had sent four
"top secret" emails to the personal address. Responding
to pressure, Clinton handed the email server over to the FBI. The
FBI cleared Clinton of any offences.
Fast forward to the end of October 2016 and the FBI announced
that it had discovered new emails during an unrelated investigation
into US Congressman Anthony Weiner. Eight days later, the FBI again
cleared Clinton. Donald Trump said: "You can't review
650,000 new emails in eight days. You can't do it
folks" and "Right now she's being protected
by a rigged system".
So: is it possible that the FBI reviewed 650,000 emails in eight
days? The answer is: Yes! Let's look at how triage might have
made it possible.
After performing triage methods such as these, it is likely the
FBI only had to review a couple of hundred emails. This could
readily have been done in less than a day by a one person. In other
words, Trump is wrong: it is possible to review 650,000 emails in
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