Hillary Clinton Addresses Personal Email Controversy: It Was a “Matter of Convenience”

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Hillary Clinton defends her use of a personal email address EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT/LANDOV

Hillary Clinton was just trying to consolidate things. During a press conference on Tuesday, March 10, the former Secretary of State addressed the scandal surrounding her use of a personal email address while she served in office from 2009 to 2013.

Bill Clinton’s wife explained that she used a private nongovernmental email address merely as “a matter of convenience” because she “thought it would be easier to carry one device.” 

"Looking back, it would have been better if I had simply used a second email account and carried a second phone," Clinton told the crowd at the United Nations. “Using one device would be simpler, but obviously it hasn't worked out this way."


As for the content of the emails she sent, Clinton said a “vast majority” of her emails were work-related and sent to “government employees at their work email address, which meant they were captured and preserved by the State Department.”

However, the other portion of her emails were personal. “No one wants their personal emails made public and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy,” Clinton said, adding that the emails she deleted were about daughter Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, her mother’s funeral, and yoga practice.

"The server contains personal communications from my husband and me," Clinton added. "The server will remain private." Clinton maintains that “there were no security breaches” and the State Department confirmed that Clinton didn’t break the law as long as she maintained records of the emails.

In December 2014, Clinton turned in some 55,000 pages of emails. "I took the unprecedented step of asking the State Department to make all of my emails public," she concluded.

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