Defiant Hillary at news conference says she’s NOT letting anyone near her private server

A defiant Hillary Clinton on Tuesday finally addressed the simmering controversy surrounding her use of a private email account and private server while she served as secretary of state.

But she said a whole lot of nothing.

She started the news conference at the United Nations in New York by talking about gender equality and taking a shot at the Republicans who sent a letter to Iran’s leadership regarding the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Obama.

It was a not-so-slick move to try to make her emails seem like a small issue and take the onus off of herself.

Then she gave one of the worst explanations possible for using a private server.

“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,” she said.

“Looking back, it would have been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone.”

Clinton defiantly told reporters she would not allow an outside arbiter to examine her server — and claimed that none of her emails contained matters of national security.

“There were no security breaches,” she said.

Clinton said many of her emails were private conversations between herself and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, but that contradicts what Bill Clinton’s spokesman told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

The former president, who does regularly use Twitter, has sent a grand total of two emails during his entire life, both as president, says Matt McKenna, his spokesman. After leaving office, Mr. Clinton established his own domain that staff use– But Mr. Clinton still doesn’t use email himself, Mr. McKenna said.

As president, Mr. Clinton’s first email was a message to John Glenn, the former senator and astronaut who in 1998 was making a return trip to space. Mr. Glenn wrote Mr. Clinton, and the president replied. “Hillary and I had a great time at the launch,” Mr. Clinton wrote in his note. “We are very proud of you and the entire crew, and a little jealous.”

By not turning over her server to an independent arbiter, Mrs. Clinton is basically telling America to “take her word for it.”

And that’s not good enough for Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador.

Gowdy issued a statement shortly after Clinton’s news conference.

“Having finally heard from Secretary Clinton about her exclusive use of personal email with which to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state, regrettably we are left with more questions than answers,” he said.

“For instance, there remain serious questions about the security of the system she employed from a national security standpoint, who authorized this exclusive use of personal email despite guidance to the contrary from both her State Department and the White House, who had access to the server from the time Secretary Clinton left office until the time — almost two years later — the State Department asked for these public records back, and who culled through the records to determine which were personal and which were public.

“Without access to Secretary Clinton’s personal server, there is no way for the State Department to know it has acquired all documents that should be made public, and given State’s delay in disclosing the fact Secretary Clinton exclusively used personal email to conduct State business, there is no way to accept State’s or Secretary Clinton’s certification she has turned over all documents that rightfully belong to the American people.

“That is why I see no choice but for Secretary Clinton to turn her server over to a neutral, detached third-party arbiter who can determine which documents should be public and which should remain private.”

The Twitterverse was ripe with ridicule for the evasive Clinton.


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