Tuesday after speaking at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference to address the controversy swirling over her exclusive use of private email on a server she owns when serving as secretary of state for President Barack Obama.
The first question came from a Turkish television reporter who asked “Madam Secretary, on behalf of the U.N. Correspondents Association, thank you very much for your remarks and it’s wonderful to see you here again. Madam Secretary, why did you opt out using two devices at the time? Obviously, if this hadn’t come out, it probably would not have been an issue. And my second follow up question is, if you were a man today would this fuss be made?
Clinton answered, “I will leave that to others to answer. But as I said, I saw it as a matter of convenience, and it was allowed. Others had done it. According to the State Department, which recently said Secretary Kerry was the first Secretary of State to rely primarily on a state.gov email account. And when I got there, I wanted to just use one device for both personal and work emails, instead of two. It was allowed. As I said, it was for convenience. And it was my practice to communicate with State Department and other government officials on their .gov accounts so those emails would be automatically saved in the State Department system to meet record-keeping requirements. That’s indeed what happened. I heard just a little while ago the State Department will begin to post some of my emails, which I am very glad to hear because I want it all out there.”
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