CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton addressed the controversy over her private email account while she was secretary of state Tuesday saying she used a private email account for convenience.
Clinton, considered the frontrunner for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2016 presidential race although she has not yet announced whether she will run, held a press conference to address the email controversy following a speech she gave at the United Nations.
"I thought it'd be easier to use one device for my work and personal emails," Clinton said. "It would've better if I had used a second email and second phone, but it didn't seem like an issue."
At the time of her decision, the state department did not allow employees to also use a private email account on the same device in which a government account was used.
At the press conference, Clinton said all emails related to work were captured and preserved but she deleted personal emails from the server, which is reportedly located at the Clintons' home in Chappaqua. She said the work-related emails (about 30,000) have been released to the State Department, but that she plans to keep her private server.
"No one wants their personal emails made public," Clinton said. "I think most people understand that and respect privacy."
Clinton said she fully complied with every government rule.
"I thought using one device would be simpler," Clinton said. "It obviously hasn't worked out that way."
Clinton added it would have been "smarter" to use the government email account.
Clinton was also asked about the Clinton Global Foundation taking donations from countries known for mistreatment of women, including Saudi Arabia.
"I am proud of my foundation work," Clinton said. "People who want to support the foundation know what it is we stand for and what it is we're working for."
Before Clinton's speech, former Governor George Pataki, a Peekskill native and Garrison resident, criticized Clinton on MSNBC.
"She used horrendous judgment," Pataki, who previously served as mayor of Peekskill said. "It took over two years for her turn over those emails. Did she ever intend to turn them over? How do we have the confidence we're going to see these emails. It's very troubling."
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