Clinton testifies in 2013 before the House Select Committee on Benghazi


2) Why did she have a private email server?

Here’s what she said.

CLINTON: First, when I got to work as 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 two.

Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.

Clinton’s only justification for the private server is that this system was more convenient for her. Because government issued blackberries could not control multiple email accounts at once, she argues it was simpler to carry out all her correspondence, work and personal, on one phone under one email rather than through different emails between two phones.

While that answer has generated abundant scorn and skepticism from the Republicans (and Democrats), was technological simplicity really that ridiculous of a request from a then 60-year old Hillary Clinton? Would you expect your grandma to want to use two different cell phones?

“You know, I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world,” Clinton said. “I didn’t really stop and think what kind of email system will there be?”

If you ask the Republicans it had nothing to do with convenience. When it was revealed that she carried multiple other devices (although she argues not for correspondence) skeptics find it easy to point out that someone from her large entourage that she travels with could have easily kept a second phone. Or that she could have just sent all her personal correspondence through a state.gov email. Thus, they suggest she kept a private server with one phone and email precisely so that only she could control the flow of information if asked about anything that happened during her time as Secretary.

3) What’s the controversy? Hillary says everything she did was inside the law. 

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2 thoughts on “Do I Really Need to Worry About Hillary’s Emails? Yes. She Will Be Indicted. (Question 2)

  1. I hadn’t heard this excuse of wanting convenience to mix her personal and work email on the same account, but it is a pathetic excuse which is enough to convince me that this is a lie. And I honestly wasn’t convinced before.

    First, the same device could be used with multiple accounts, if device convenience is the issue, which apparently it wasn’t really. Switching accounts is a some matter that doesn’t require logging in again. Or separate email apps could be used if necessary.

    Second, she must have had her separate personal email account already before becoming secretary of state and making everyone change the address they use for personal email would be much more inconvenient for all of them.

    Third, mixing personal and work emails in the same inbox is actually more inconvenient to use, if you have any sense of organization. Given the volume of email she apparently had, she would want to subdivide it in various ways, and using separate accounts is an easy and natural way to do it.

    There are probably a few other excellent reasons this excuse is bogus. But that’s enough. But let me just finish with… No one else does this. Well maybe there are a few people who have used the same email account forever and everyone keeps sending any and all emails to that one address, but no one expects anyone to do that and they in fact ask for a personal or work address as appropriate.


  2. I remember when Obama took office, he was momentarily disturbed about the possibility he might not be allowed to keep his Blackberry (smartphone). This question was resolved in favor of him being allowed to keep it. So who decided in favor of Hillary using one server, a private server, for all of her email correspondence and messaging? Something certainly doesn’t seem right, but the controversy over whether or not Obama could keep his own smartphone puts the Hillary situation in a very bad light. The question remains, who did or decided what, and when?


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