Clinton on Email Controversy: I 'Opted for Convenience'

The former Secretary of State addressed the controversy saying that she used her personal e-mail because it would be easier to carry one device.
3:24 | 03/10/15

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There are four things I want the public to know. First. When I got to work S 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 chip. Looking back it would have been better but I simply used a second email account. And carried a second phone but at the time this didn't seem like an issue. Second. The vast majority of my work emails went to government employees app their governments addresses. Which meant they were captured and preserved. Immediately. On the system at the State Department. Third. After I left office the State Department. Asked former secretaries. Of state. For our assistance in providing copies. Of work related emails from our personal accounts. I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work related. Which told old roughly 55000. Printed pages. Even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them. We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work related emails and deliver them to the State Department. At the end I chose not to keep. My private personal emails. Emails about planning Chelsea's wedding or my mother's funeral arrangements condolence notes to friends. As well as yoga routines family vacations the other things you typically find in in boxes. No one wants their personal emails made public and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy. Fourth I took the unprecedented. Step. I've asking that the State Department make all my work related emails public for everyone to see. I am very proud of the work that I and my colleagues and our public servants at the department did. During my four years as secretary of state. And I look forward to people being able to see that for themselves. Again looking back it would have been better for me to use to separate phones and two email accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler. And obviously it hasn't worked out that way looking back. It would it ban. Probably. Out smarter to have used it to devices but. I have. Absolute confidence that everything that could be in any way. Connected to work is now in the possession the State Department. I have to add even if I'd had two devices. Which is obviously permitted many people do that you would still have to put the responsibility where it belongs which is on the official so. I did it for convenience. And I. Now looking back think that it might have been smarter to have those two devices from the very beginning.

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