Hillary Clinton Faces Email Scandal Head On, Insists She Followed Rules

Former secretary of state addresses the use of personal email account during her time at the State Department.
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We turn to Hillary Clinton and that press conference where she tried to quiet the controversy over her terminal e-mail account as secretary of state. Clinton said in hindsight it was a mistake to set up that account but insisted she followed all the rules and revealed for the first time she deleted more than 30,000 e-mails calling them personal. Jon Karl there and joins us. Reporter: This was Hillary Clinton's first press conference in more than two years but she may have raised more questions than she answered. A late night comedian show nod mercy following Hillary Clinton's press conference. She did not want to have two phones. She couldn't be like, hey, man, could you hold this other phone for me? Reporter: She finally explained why she used private e-mail for official business as secretary of state. Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones and two e-mail accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler and obviously it hasn't worked 0 out that way. Reporter: Republicans were quick to pounce on that explanation circulating this video of Clinton from last month indicating she no longer minds having two devices. iPhone or android? iPhone. Okay, in full disclosure -- Blackberry. And a blackberry. Reporter: Understate department rules enforced while she was secretary employees must turn over any e-mails from private accounts that relate to official business. But Clinton didn't do that until 22 months after she left office. Why did you not go along with state department rules until nearly two years after you left office? The laws and regulations in effect when I was secretary of state allowed me to use my e-mail for work. Reporter: Why did you wait to turn those e-mails over? The rules say you have to turn them over? I don't think -- I'd be happy to have somebody talk to you about the rules. I fully complied with every rule I was governed by. Reporter: Now, Hillary Clinton said that after she went and organize e-mails determining which ones were official business to be sent over to the state department and which were personal, she deleted about 30,000 e-mails she determined to be purely personal. As you can imagine, George, republicans are saying that raises serious questions. They want her to turn over her e-mail server to be examined. She says she will not do that. She's not going to do that and hear the congressman in charge of this benghazi committee says he wants Mrs. Clinton to come up not once but twice now to the committeement one to simply answer questions about the e-mails. Reporter: Mrs. Clinton has signaled she is willing to voluntarily appear before that committee but as you can imagine highly unlikely she would agree to come back to that committee twice because it's almost certain both of those appearances would have to be after she is a declared candidate for president. Thanks very much. Now to the latest fallout from that racist video at the university of Oklahoma.

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