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Report: Federal inspectors say 'hundreds of potentially classified emails' in Hillary Clinton's private account

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a campaign event in New York on July 13, 2015. Credit: AP

A pair of government inspectors have asked the U.S. Justice Department to open a criminal probe into Hillary Rodham Clinton's handling of sensitive government information on a private email account she used during her time as secretary of state, The New York Times reported Thursday night.

The Justice Department has not decided if it will open an investigation, senior officials told the Times. A spokesman for Clinton's campaign declined to comment to the Times.

Citing senior government officials, the Times reported that the request from two inspectors general follows a June 29 memo by the independent governmental agency for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Clinton's private email account contained "hundreds of potentially classified emails."

It's unclear if any of the information in the emails was marked as classified by the State Department when Clinton sent or received them, the Times reported, but since her use of a private email account for official State Department business was revealed in March, she has repeatedly said that she had no classified information on the account.

Clinton, who is running for president, has said she used the private email account because it was more convenient, but she has been widely criticized for the move because it shielded her correspondence from congressional and Freedom of Information Act requests.

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