Hillary Clinton Defends Use of Private E-mail; Says she Has Gone ‘Above and Beyond’ What is Required

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Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private e-mail account to conduct State Department business for “convenience,” but has since released all e-mails related to her work as secretary of State, she said Tuesday as she tried to dampen a controversy that could overshadow her potential presidential campaign.

“Looking back it would have been better to use separate phones and two separate e-mail accounts,” Clinton said at a news conference following a speech at a U.N. conference on women’s economic status. “I thought one (mobile) device would be simpler. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.”

Clinton said she went “above and beyond” what she was required to do regarding preserving e-mails from the personal account she used on a private server. Using a personal e-mail was permissible during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat as long as she kept the records.

Clinton said she did not discuss classified information on her personal e-mail. “I have no doubt we have done exactly what we should have done,” she said.

Clinton turned over 30,490 e-mails to the State Department last fall at the department’s request, just under half of the 62,320 total e-mails she sent or received as Secretary of State. Clinton’s office said in information supplied after her news conference. More than 27,500 involved official government e-mail addresses. To identify which e-mails were work related, her office searched not only for .gov addresses, for names of government officials and Clinton’s staff, but also for terms including “Benghazi” and “Libya.”

The remaining 31,830 e-mails were deemed personal and deleted.

Clinton said she “chose not to keep” personal e-mails, such as those related to daughter Chelsea’s wedding in 2010 or the funeral for her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who died in 2011. “No one wants their personal e-mails made public and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy,” she said.

The leading Democratic presidential contender downplayed the role the uproar would play in the presidential campaign.

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SOURCE: Catalina Camia and Martha T. Moore
USA TODAY

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