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Clinton Aides 'Definitely' Kept Emails From State Dept.

A chief strategist for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign told high-ranking aides that they were "definitely" not handing all of Clinton's emails over to the Department of State as part of the originally 55,000 emails released in 2015.

"If there is a release of the 55K, are there others that are not being released?" Clinton adviser Jim Margolis wrote in an email to top-ranking aides on March 4, 2015, originally released by WikiLeaks, according to The Daily Caller.

Joel Benenson, Clinton's senior adviser, replied, "Definitely."

The email conversation took place two days after news broke on March 2 of that year that Clinton had been using a personal email server for government affairs, which a House panel investigation on the Benghazi attacks found.

"Team – wanted to let you know that [top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills] is working with State to get agreement on release of the 55k pages of emails she [gave] to State," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri emailed Clinton's top staff members in the thread.

The new information comes days after FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau had uncovered a trove of previously-unseen emails on a laptop that Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin, had used, and that they would investigate those emails, notes CBS.

On Nov. 3, news broke that the emails on that computer pertained to Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and are not duplicates that the FBI had already viewed. However, it still remains to be seen whether or not those emails contain classified or otherwise sensitive information that is "pertinent to the investigation" into Clinton's email server.

"…the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work," Comey wrote in a letter that he sent to Congress notifying them of the new documents, according to The New York Times.

Sources: The Daily Caller,CBS, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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