WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has directed her staff to turn over the private server on which she stored her emails to the Department of Justice, her spokesman said Tuesday.
Nick Merrill, the spokesman for Clinton's presidential campaign, issued the statement to multiple media outlets Tuesday evening.
"This past spring, Hillary Clinton asked the Department of State to publish the 55,000 pages of the work emails she provided to the Department last fall," the statement read. "As she has said, it is her hope that State and the other agencies involved in the review process will sort out as quickly as possible which emails are appropriate to release to the public, and that the release will be as timely and transparent as possible.
"In the meantime, her team has worked with the State Department to ensure her emails are stored in a safe and secure manner. She directed her team to give her email server that was used during her tenure as Secretary to the Department of Justice, as well as a thumb drive containing copies of her emails already provided to the State Department."
The announcement came one day after Clinton told a federal judge she provided to the State Department all work-related emails that were on her personal email account and server she used during her tenure from 2009 to 2013.
The statement filed by Clinton comes as she faces increased scrutiny over all of her work-related emails. In June, the State Department said it was given 15 emails exchanged between herself and friend/unofficial advisor Sidney Blumenthal it did not previously have, casting doubt on the completeness of Clinton's disclosure. She did not address the 15 emails in the declaration filed Monday.
"I have directed that all my e-mails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or potentially were federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done," she said.
The disclosure comes after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department for government records regarding the employment status of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Clinton also responded to District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan's request for information about how Abedin and another top Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, used Clinton's personal email system.
"Cheryl Mills did not have an account on clintonemail.com. Huma Abedin did have such an account, which was used at times for government business," Clinton said.
In a court filing late Monday, Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha said Clinton's submission did little to advance the case. He said Clinton did not detail how her work-related emails were selected for submission and by whom.
"Neither the court nor plaintiff is any closer to knowing where responsive records may exist," Bekesha wrote. "It is of the utmost importance that all federal records in the possession of Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin, and Ms. Mills be returned to defendant to enable defendant to conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all responsive records."