The State Department has formally asked the FBI if it could have any of the emails that Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to her former department, but that FBI agents were able to recover from her wiped server.

"I can confirm that we sent a letter to the FBI requesting that," State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday. "To the extent the FBI recovered former Secretary Clinton's work-related emails that were not in the group of emails she provided to the State Department in December of 2014, that they provide us with such emails."

Kirby indicated that State hasn't received anything yet from the FBI, but that the department has "made the request."

But Kirby said he wasn't sure if the government would eventually publish the emails it gets from the FBI.

"We're going to continue to work with the FBI on the proper disposition, and I don't have anything with respect to potential release to speak to right now," he said.