Clinton team provides Q&A on how emails were turned over
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE's aides on Tuesday sent reporters nine pages of questions and answers that reveal how they determined what work-related documents to share with the State Department.

The document from the Clinton team was the latest attempt to put out the growing firestorm over her use of a private email account while she worked at the State Department. It arrived in journalists' inboxes after Clinton spoke to reporters about the controversy publicly for the first time.


At a press conference at the United Nations, Clinton said she had provided work-related emails to the State Department, but revealed for the first time that she had deleted "personal" messages.

More than ninety percent of the 55,000 pages of emails handed over were found by searching for exchanges with email addresses hosted on a ".gov" domain, the document says. They also searched for the first and last names of over 100 officials at the department.

"This included all Deputy Secretaries, Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Ambassadors-at-Large, Special Representatives and Envoys, members of the Secretary’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board, and other senior officials to the Secretary, including close aides and staff," the Q&A said.

Clinton's team added that "to account for non-obvious or non-recognizable email addresses or misspellings or other idiosyncrasies, the emails were sorted and reviewed both by sender and recipient."

They also searched for certain specific terms, including "Benghazi" and "Libya."

Clinton's team said that the review was conducted with the help of her lawyers.

The State department has said its own review of the emails will take "several months" and that the documents will be posted online once that process is complete.

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