04:22 GMT08 March 2021
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    The White House will try to prevent the release of several emails between US President Barack Obama and former State Secretary, and now a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, citing the need to keep presidential communications confidential, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, US media reported that the US State Department would release another batch of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails from her tenure as US state secretary. The White House decided against the release of emails between Obama and Clinton.

    "There is a long history of presidential records being kept confidential while the president is in office. It is a principle that previous White Houses have vigorously defended as it goes to the core of the president’s ability to receive unvarnished advice and counsel during his time in office," a White House official told The New York Times newspaper on Friday.

    In March, Clinton came under close scrutiny for using her personal email account for official purposes while serving as US secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

    In August, the US intelligence community inspector general reported that at least two of the Clinton emails reviewed by his office contained material classified as Top Secret, which cannot be sent to non-secure accounts. The Clinton presidential campaign disagreed with the initial review findings.

    A US District Court judge ordered the State Department in May to make public all of the some 55,000 e-mails that were retained on Clinton's server by the middle of January 2016.


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