As we previously reported, it came to the public’s attention last week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her personal email account to conduct government business during her term.
Earlier today (March 10), Clinton addressed the issue in a press conference.
“When I got to work as Secretary of State I opted for convenience to use my personal email account which was allowed by the State Department because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” she explained, according to E! Online. “Looking back, it would’ve been better if I had simply used a second email account and carried a second phone but at the time this didn’t seem like an issue…The vast majority of my work emails went to government employees at their government addresses which meant they were captured and preserved immediately on the system at the State Department.”
According to NewsMax, Clinton added that she deleted thousands of personal emails, but passed on “all relevant emails” to the State Department.
Clinton turned over a total of 55,000 pages of emails, all of which will be reviewed over the next few months before being made available to the public. Private government information, of course, will be removed beforehand.
This entire thing just seems to be part and parcel of the upcoming 2016 elections. Clinton is a strong Democratic contender, and it’s no surprise that a mistake has come to light as she travels the country giving speeches and gaining support.