Transcript for Hillary Clinton Breaks Her Silence on Controversial Email Account
And we begin with Hillary Clinton, talking for the first time about her e-mails. The private account she used during her time as secretary of state. Arguing she was like so many others who simply used one e-mail account out of convenience. Mrs. Clinton saying before the cameras, looking back, it would have been better if I'd used a second e-mail account. She said she's turned over any e-mail pertaining to work to the state department. But who decided what should be turned over? She faced a sea of reporters with many expecting Mrs. Clinton running for president again soon, will this affect her run? ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl in the room today and asking the tough questions. Reporter: A full week after the story first broke, Hillary Clinton tonight finally explained why she never used government e-mail as secretary of state. It simply wasn't convenient. 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 out that way. Reporter: A crush of reporters turned out for what was Mrs. Clinton's first full press conference in over two years. Her responses were careful. She often looked at notes. Insisting the only e-mails she deleted were purely personal. They had nothing to do with work. But I didn't see any reason to keep them. Reporter: State department regulations clearly state that employees must turn over any any e-mails from private accounts that relate to official business. Why did you not two 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 would be happy to have somebody talk to you about the rules. I fully complied with every rule that I was governed by. Reporter: Clinton also insisted she never e-mailed any classified information and that the server at her chappaqua home was entirely secure. It had numerous safeguards. It was on property, guarded by the secret service and there were no security breaches. And Jon Karl with us now. Many wanted to know who chose the e-mails to turn over. She made the case, it's up to the government worker? Reporter: So, that's the bottom line here. Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton alone determined which of her e-mails to turn over to the state department. That's why a lot of people, including some of her allies are saying she should turn over her whole computer server who can then determine which ones were official. Chef said she is not going to do that. Jon Karl, great to have us her New York tonight.
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