WASHINGTON – If Hillary Clinton deleted those emails in an effort to protect herself from prosecution, she may have made matters worse for herself.

ABC News reports the company she hired to do cybersecurity work for says it is “highly likely” a full backup of the server was made and that thousands of emails she and her staff deleted may still exist.

Platte River Networks, the Denver-based firm, is now cooperating with the FBI’s investigation into the matter.

The FBI got involved after two emails recovered contained “top secret” information. Clinton had denied that classified information ever appeared on the server.

Barbara Wells, an attorney for Platte River, said the server was rendered blank after data was transferred from it in June 2013. But Wells also said data from Clinton’s old server was migrated to a new server that still exists.

Clinton hired Platte River to manage her email set-up after she left the State Department in February 2013. Prior to that, the server resided in the basement of her Chappaqua, New York, home. It was managed by an IT worker hired by the State Department from Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Clinton’s email address – hdr22@clintonemail.com – was revealed in that hack, though it was unknown at the time that that was the account she also used to conduct State Department business. Clinton has asserted her server was secure and never hacked.

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