“I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal e-mails than two. I did it for convenience and I now lokoing back think that it might have been smarter to have those two devices from the very beginning.” – Hillary Clinton [Washington Post]
IF ONLY there could have been a split screen showing Hillary Clinton‘s U.N. speech (video below) juxtaposed against the press conference on emails. She began the presser by talking about women and girls, her signature issue that began with her speech 20 years ago in Beijing. …and fairly quickly after that Clinton admitted that if she could do it over again she would have handled her emails differently.
If you accept Hillary Clinton is a smart woman, what exactly does anyone think they’re going to find in a work-related email record that she knows can be accessed by anyone? The dumbest expectation is that Clinton would stand for an “independent arbiter” to look at her server. No politician, regardless of politics, should ever fall for that fishing expedition.
Iran was up front, political and very personal.
“The President and his team are in the midst of intense negotiations. … But the recent letter from Republican senators was out of step with the best traditions of American leadership, and one has to ask, what was the purpose of this letter. There appear to be two logical answers. Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander in chief in the midst of high stakes, international diplomacy. Either answer does discredit to the letter’s signatories.”
“When I got to work at secretary of state I opted out of 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 have been better had I simply used a second email account and used a second phone, but at the time this didn’t seem like an issue.”
Emails to government employees.
“The vast majority of my work emails went to government employees at the government addresses, which means they were captured and preserved immediately on the system at the State department.”
State asked secretaries of state for email copies from personal accounts.
“I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totaled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew the State department already had the vast majority of them. We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State department. At the end, I chose not to keep my private, personal emails… No one wants their personal emails made public and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy.”
Chelsea’s wedding, “yoga routines,” her mother’s funeral were among those Clinton says were deleted.
“Looking back it would have been better to use separate phones and two separate e-mail accounts…I thought one device would be simpler. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.”
Again, looking back, it would have been better to use two separate phones…
“If you were a man today would all this fuss be made?” asked the first questioner, a journalist from Turkey.
Clinton didn’t touch that one.
How did you decide which of the personal emails you got rid of them? asked Andrea Mitchell, also questioning her about CGI taking money from regimes that abuse women.
In going through emails, “over 60,000 in total,” half work-related, half personal. Federal guidelines are clear, any government employee has the responsibility to decide what’s personal and what’s not, Clinton added. Once the public sees the emails, “they will have an unprecedented” view into a public official’s communications.
Clinton then said she is “very proud” of the results of the Foundation’s work. “We are very clear where we stand on all of these issues, no mistake about where I stand on women,” so the people who donate know what we stand for and for whom we are working.
Even if I had two devices, it’s still the officials job” to designate emails.
Did you delete government-related emails in your account, what about an independent arbiter looking at your servers?
“We did not… erred on the side of providing anything… out of abundance of caution and care.. We have done exactly what we should have done. … We have more than met the requests of the State Department… The server will remain private,” because it contains private correspondence between Clinton and her husband.
The system used was set up for “President Clinton’s office,” on property, protected by Secret Service, and there were “no security breaches.”
“American people will make their own decisions about public and private matters…”
Question: But when you deleted personal emails, how do we know you didn’t delete work-related emails?
“You’d have to ask that of every single federal employee… They make the decision. … We trust and count on thousands, maybe millions, to make that decision. I think I did that and even more. … Those will be out in the public domain and people will be able to judge for themselves.”
All in all, Clinton says she directed her “counsel” to err on the side of providing more rather than less where her work-related emails were concerned.
“I did not email any classified material in email.” – Hillary Clinton
As for personal emails, what part of privacy don’t you understand?
And then, as if Arron Sorkin was writing the script, David Shuster yelled out a question, to which Hillary Clinton referred him to Google, because “…that’s not an accurate interpretation of what happened.”
“…You had to admire her bravado. … Millions of people are going to give her the benefit of the doubt.” – David Gergen on CNN