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For Critics, Clinton Email Explanation Falls Flat

By Caitlin Burke

CBN News — After growing bipartisan pressure, Hillary Clinton told reporters Tuesday using her personal email exclusively while serving as secretary of state was a “matter of convenience.”

According to The New York Times, Clinton only used a personal email account for government business while serving under the Obama administration.

The news has many wondering whether she fully complied with laws mandating government officials preserve written communications involving official business.

But on Tuesday, Clinton told reporters all her work-related emails went to government email addresses and were “captured and preserved immediately” by the State Department.

Still, she admitted that in retrospect, she would have done things differently.

“I saw it as a matter of convenience,” she explained. “And others had done it. And when I got there I wanted to use one device instead of two,” she told reporters at the United Nations in New York.

Clinton also addressed critics who noted that she ran her own private email server instead of using a service like Google or Yahoo.

She explained the server, originally set up for former President Bill Clinton, was guarded by the Secret Service. She insisted there were “no security breaches.”

“I trust the American people to make their decisions about political and public matters and I feel like I’ve taken unprecedented steps for these emails to be in the public domain,” she said. “I went above and beyond what I was requested to do.”

Although Tuesday’s press conference was meant to bring an end to the weeklong controversy, analysts say this is likely an issue that will follow her as she gears up for her expected run for president.

Republicans are already pointing to holes in her explanation.

“If she wants somebody to show her how to put two email accounts on one phone, I am happy to do it because even I managed to figure out how to do that,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told Fox News.

Meanwhile, the former secretary of state has turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in response to the controversy, only withholding or deleting those that were purely personal.

“No one wants their personal emails made public, and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy,” she said.

But critics aren’t satisfied, accusing Clinton of a lack of transparency. They point to the fact that she refuses to allow an outside observer to examine her computer server to determine if there are any more emails that should be turned over to the government.

The media doesn’t appear to be satisfied either, with one headline reading, “Clinton Fails to Calm Email Storm,” and another saying, “Clintons and Controversy: The Circus Is Back in Town.”

Report via CBN News



 

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