Following a directive from a federal judge, two top aides for Clinton assured that they would not delete work emails in their posession

By Char Adams
Updated August 14, 2015 02:35 PM
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Two top aides for Hillary Clinton have vowed not to delete work emails in their possession that were sent and received during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.

Amid controversy surrounding the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email account during her tenure, Cheryl Mills, who was Clinton’s State Department chief of staff, and another top aide, Huma Abedin, assured a federal judge that they would not delete federal records, specifically emails, from the time they worked with her, CNN reports.

In a report filed on Wednesday by the State Department, lawyers for the aides said that the two would keep their old emails as well as other records, following the directive to do so from the federal judge, according to CNN.

The directive came after Mills and Abedin were criticized by Judicial Watch, which accused the two of planning to delete the emails once they turned over work-related documents. But a lawyer for Mills told CNN that she had only planned to delete the emails because the State Department asked her to.

Meanwhile, Clinton has asked that her attorney turn over the private server, holding Clinton’s emails from 2009 to 2013 the Justice Department.

The FBI took possession of the server on Wednesday and will begin an examination into the program that both the State Department and inspectors general of the intelligence community learned contained classified information, some of which is now top secret, CNN reports.

It was reported earlier this month that the FBI was examining the security set up of Clinton’s personal email, but two officials said earlier this week that they were not accusing her of any wrongdoing.

In the last year, troves of Clinton’s emails have been released, with the most recent, published on July 31, containing more than 1,300 pages of content.