Email-Gate. March 2015. Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking with media following her keynote at a Women's Empowerment Event at the United Nations on March 10, 2015, in New York, NY. Clinton answered questions about recent allegations of an improperly used email account. Some experts have argued that usage of her family's private email server for official communication while U.S. Secretary of State, rather than her State Department email account, and the deletion of nearly 32,000 emails that she deemed private, violated State Department and Federal laws on record-keeping. An FBI probe on how this classified information was managed on the Clinton server took place against the backdrop of Clinton's 2016 presidential election campaign and the U.S. House Select Committee hearings on Benghazi.