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About Those 33,000 Hillary Clinton E-Mails: QuickTake Q&A

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks at her mobile phone after attending a Russia-U.S. meeting on the sidelines of the 43rd annual Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Hanoi on July 23, 2010.
Photographer: Na Son Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images
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"I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer’s wishes, when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted," Donald Trump said at the first presidential debate, continuing to hammer Hillary Clinton for using a private e-mail system while serving as U.S. secretary of state. After initially downplaying the matter, Clinton now says it "was a mistake" to use a private e-mail server. For months, Republicans have expressed the hope that she’d be indicted for passing classified information in non-governmental e-mails. Though prosecutors declined to charge her, Clinton’s e-mail decision-making remains a top vulnerability for her in the presidential election.

Through her personal account, hdr22@clintonemail.com, Clinton sent or received about 60,000 messages while U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. About half of those, deemed work-related by Clinton’s lawyers, were turned over to the State Department and have been released in redacted form. The balance -- between 32,000 and 33,000, the ones Trump refers to -- were deleted from Clinton’s server after being deemed personal in nature.