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Clinton Regrets Not Using Official Email Account

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Clinton Regrets Not Using Official Email Account

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her phone in Busan, Korea on November 30, 2011 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

New York (AFP) – Probable White House candidate Hillary Clinton admitted Tuesday that she made a mistake in choosing for convenience not to use an official email account when she was secretary of state.

But, in remarks to reporters after attending a United Nations event, she insisted that her email set-up had been properly secure and that she had turned over all professional communications to the State Department.

“Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones and two email accounts,” Clinton said, amid a political uproar over her decision to operate a personal email server.

The former top diplomat and first lady, the presumptive frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, has been accused of trying to improperly keep her emails out of the public domain.

“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 two,” she said.

After she left office, she said, “we went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department.”

She welcomed the news that the State Department has begun the process of declassifying around 30,000 professional emails that she had handed over to them.

But she admitted that another approximately 30,000 personal emails had now been deleted — a fact that will likely be seized on by her critics.

“About half were personal that were not in any way related to my work. I had no reason to save them,” she said.

“The server will remain private, and I think that the State Department will be able over time to release all of the records that were provided.”

This story has been updated.

Photo: Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her phone in Busan, Korea on November 30, 2011 (AFP/Saul Loeb)



  1. bernieo March 10, 2015

    So I should assume that Colin Powell also used private email to hide what he was doing, right? From what I have read he still hasn’t turned those over so why no media uproar about that? Oh right, this is he same media that shrugged of the fact that he lied to the Iran Contra investigators. (It is in the final report from Lawrence Walsh Iran Contra Independent Counsel – and a Republican.

    1. Dominick Vila March 11, 2015

      Sadly, what Colin Powell did when he lied to the entire world at the UN, what Reagan did when he let Oliver North take a silver bullet for the Gipper, and all the lies used to justify the invasion of Iraq, do not justify what Hillary Clinton did, inasmuch as the past serves as a lesson to learn from, and the present influences the decisions of voters to avert a sequel.

  2. Dominick Vila March 11, 2015

    There is no question that Hillary Clinton made a huge faux pas when she decided to use her personal e-mail account instead of her U.S. government account for official e-mails. It doesn’t matter if the e-mails she sent and received via her personal account did not contain classified or even confidential information. It doesn’t matter if proper channels were used for classified information. The perception is that her behavior was reckless and, worse, that she did it to keep information out of reach of the Justice Department, Attorney General, Inspector General, and our intelligence agencies, not to mention the public.
    She used poor judgment when she made that decision, and she is going to pay a heavy price at the polls. I wonder if she will even run, and how long it will be before other Democrats announce their candidacies. The 2016 election was for Hillary to lose, and that she did.

    1. Godzilla March 11, 2015

      I have no problem with the use of personal e-mails. The problem is the personal server and now she has chosen what is and is not going to be released, as she stated. She stated the many were personal between her and Bill, all the while Bill was on the other side of town saying he only emailed her twice or so, WTF? She’s a lying Statist who cares not one wit for you or any other voter. I think it’s time to put the Clintons and the Bush’s out to pasture. Their time has come and gone.

  3. John Irby March 11, 2015

    The worst thing Hillary did, in my opinion, was give the Republicans something besides Benghazi to come after her about. Since they just took over the senate and improved their numbers in the house, they probably have the notion there are enough brainwashed morons in America to put one of their flunkies for big business in the White House instead of somewhere flipping burgers where he belongs. We don’t KNOW if there is anything wrong with what she did, because we are hearing it hashed over by America’s enemies, who represent the plutocrats who own the mainstream media and other big chunks of America. Normally, as was the case with the war in Iraq, if you want the truth about something you have to wait until the books start coming out. When Clinton was president, the Republicans kept so many fires burning for him to put out that often it was like having someone asleep at the wheel. They are using the same routine with Obama. It’s only better for America when a Republican president does nothing.

  4. stcroixcarp March 11, 2015

    I hope that the same scrutiny will be given to Scottie Walker’s use of private and public emails. He illegally coordinated campaigns with his state owned computers on state paid time. Six top aids were convicted. In addition Scottie Walker’s staff circulated really raunchy racist jokes and disparaging jokes about poor people, the very people his job required him to serve. What Hillary did was apparently not illegal until after she was no longer Secretary of State.


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