Clinton Gives Almost Identical Explanations to MSNBC, CNN, ABC

By Susan Jones | May 27, 2016 | 7:17am EDT
Democrat Hillary Clinton speaks at a United Food and Commercial Workers International union Legislative and Political Affairs conference, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. Clinton was supposed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department to be released to the public. But an agency audit found at least three emails never seen before — including Clinton's own explanation of why she wanted her emails kept private. (AP Photo/John Locher)

( - Asked on Thursday about a report faulting her use of personal email to conduct official business, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave almost identical answers in separate interviews with MSNBC and CNN:

"Do you accept everything that the State Department I.G. report said about your practices as fact?," NBC's Chuck Todd asked Clinton.

Clinton: "Well, Chuck, the report makes clear that personal email use was the practice under other secretaries of state. And the rules were not clarified until after I had left.

"But, I said this many times, it was still a mistake. If I could go back I would do it differently. And, I understand people have concerns about this, but I hope and expect voters to look at the full picture of everything I've done and stand for, and the full threat posed by Donald Trump. If they do, I have faith in the American people that they will make the right choice."

And over at ABC: "This report makes it clear that you did not comply with the Department email policy. Can you say today that you did not break the rules?" ABC's Liz Kreutz asked

Clinton: "This report makes clear that personal email use was the practice for other secretaries of state. And I know that, because it was well known -- it's pointed out in the report. But it was still a mistake, and as I've said many times, if I could go back, I would do it differently.

"I know people have concerns about this. I understand that. But I think voters are going to be looking at the full picture of what I have to offer, my life and my service, and the full threat that Donald Trump offers our country. And I have confidence that they're going to be making the right decision."

She also joined CNN by telephone:

"So here's the question," Wolf Blitzer asked her. "Did you break the rules?"

Clinton: "Well, Wolf, this report makes clear that personal e-mail use was the practice under other secretaries of state, and the rules were not clarified until after I had left.

"But as I've said many times, it was still a mistake. If I could go back, I'd do it differently. And I understand people have concerns about this, but I hope voters look at the full picture of everything that I've done and the full threat posed by a Donald trump presidency. And if they do, I have faith in the American people that they'll make the right choice."

Clinton told Blitzer she didn't cooperate with the State Department inspector general because "I had already said everything I could on this matter."

And she repeated that she has provided the State Department "with all of the work-related emails that I had." But the IG report raises questions about that.

On MSNBC, Chuck Todd asked Clinton about one work-related email that she apparently did not turn over. Although it was not released by the State Department as part of the FOIA process, that Nov. 10, 2010 email did make it into the IG report.

The email in question was sent to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff, who wrote: "We should talk about putting you on State email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam." Clinton responded: "Let's get separate address or device, but I don't want the risk of personal [email] being accessible."

Chuck Todd told Clinton on Thursday that the email "seems to contradict your reasoning for why you wanted a private email, and a private server. You were quoted in an email as saying this, "I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible," meaning when you were urged to get a email, you were open to it but you were concerned. What were you concerned about? FOIA requests? Congressional requests? Can you explain what that sentence meant?"

"Oh, of course not," Clinton responded. "I mean, this arose because I worried that some individuals -- that some individuals that I was emailing to on their accounts were not getting my emails, and I was concerned about how to fix that.

"I raised lots of different possibilities, but ultimately the technical problem was resolved, and I continued using my personal accounts for both work, and personal emails because I did think it was convenient, however I think it's pretty clear looking back what I thought was convenient turned out to be anything but. And, as I have acknowledged, I should have just used two accounts. It was a mistake."

Todd asked her again, "what were your worried about...accessible by who?"

"Well, nobody wants their personal emails made public," Clinton said. "That is, I think, a very common, if not unanimous, feeling among people. I was told this was a technical problem, it was resolved, and I have, like everybody else I know, I separated out my official email. I send it to dot-gov accounts, and as I've said many times since, it was a mistake. I should have had two separate accounts, and none of these questions would have been raised.

"But, you know, the fact is people have official accounts, they have personal accounts, and when it comes to personal, people don't want their personal email accounts made public."

The inspector general's report noted that Clinton's production of work-related emails was "incomplete," missing not only the email mentioned above, but numerous others covering Clinton's first four months in office.

The report said the inspector general was able to reconstruct some of Clinton's missing emails by searching the email files of four former Clinton aides who had turned over thousands of pages of communications in 2015 at the request of the State Department.

Also See:
IG Report Quotes From Never-Released Clinton Email Showing She Worried About Privacy, Not Convenience

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