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.