Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of about 100 journalists on Tuesday breaking her silence regarding using a private email address while working for the State Department.
Clinton, the former secretary of state, broke protocol and guidelines set forth in the Federal Records Act which reads:
The FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] Officer of the agency including the FOIA Officer’s designees, shall be provided access to search for and retrieve any records created and/or stored in electronic form or format for the processing of FOIA requests. An agency may not limit the scope of a search to systems searchable by the FOIA Officer without an independent substantive reason for the limitation.
“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 if I’d simply used a second account and carried a second phone. I thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way,” Clinton says in defense of her actions.
She also shared the emails dealt with family matters like planning her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral, adding, “nobody wants personal emails made public.”
The State Department announced it would post Clinton’s emails on a website after review, a process that could take months.