Hillary Clinton Clarifies Use of Private Email: "I Did It for Convenience"
Clinton broke her silence on the controversy after days of mounting pressure.
After of days of silence in the face of mounting controversy, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended her use of private email while serving as secretary of state.
“I did it for convenience," Clinton told reporters at a press conference in New York.
“I wanted to use one device instead of two. It was allowed, and others have done it ... Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two devices and two email accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler.”
She added: “It hasn’t worked out that way.”
Clinton needs to tamp down the intensity of the controversy — over the disclosure that she used private, nongovernmental email via an internet server at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. to conduct official business — if she is, as expected, to announce her candidacy for president in the coming weeks.
Clinton's explanation, however, will not silence her critics but may discourage challenges within her own party.
She told reporters that she emailed members of the state department on their government email addresses. “Those emails would be automatically saved in the state department system,” she argued.
Clinton said she sent approximately 60,000 emails from her private system. About 30,000 of them were work-related, she said, and have been turned over to the state department. The remainder were private — ranging from wedding plans for daughter Chelsea to yoga schedules — and were not retained, said Clinton.
"No one wants their personal emails made public," she said. "I think most people understand that."
She told reporters that she never discussed classified information in her emails, and she believes her private server, which initially was built for her husband, Bill Clinton, was secure.