Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became hostile and defensive when asked questions about scrubbing her server saying ‘my personal emails are my personal business.’
The Hill Reports:
Hillary Clinton dismissed the controversy surrounding her private email server and defended her conduct as legal during a press conference in Las Vegas.
A visibly aggravated Clinton repeatedly insisted that she had done nothing wrong, and seemed frustrated at questions about the issue.
“What I did was legally permitted, number one, first and foremost,” she said Tuesday.
“We turned everything that was work related, every single thing. “
She added that in “retrospect” it had not turned out to be convenient to have the private server during her years as secretary of State.
“I regret that this has become a cause of concern. But that does not change the facts and no matter what anybody tries to say, the facts are stubborn,” she said.
“I know there is a certain level of anxiety or interest in this, but the facts are the facts.”
Asked if the server, which has been turned over to the Department of Justice, had been wiped clean, Clinton initially shurgged and later joked: “Like with a cloth or something?”
“I don’t know how it works digitally at all,” she added.
Her comments came hours after NBC News reported that the FBI is hoping to recover some data from her server, which she turned over to the Justice Department last week.
Aides could be heard in the background telling reporters that Clinton had to go, but she remained to answer questions for a few more minutes before leaving. As she walked away, she turned back to reporters who continued to ask questions with a shrug.
Her comments came hours after NBC News reported that the FBI is hoping to recover some data from her server, which Clinton’s team turned over last week after months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and even some Democrats.
Intelligence agency officials also continue to look into whether Clinton’s server possessed classified information, after a pair of emails were found to have been later classified as “top secret.”
Clinton turned over more than 50,000 pages of official emails to the State Department, but deleted a similar number of emails that she deemed personal.
In Tuesday’s press conference Clinton said, “We turned over everything that was work related. Every single thing. Personal stuff — we did not. I had no obligation to do so and did not.”
House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had repeatedly asked Clinton to give the server to an independent party in order to ensure nothing official had been deleted. He chided her back in March for the deletion, which he framed as “ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest.”
Many experts have pinned the ongoing controversy as a partial explanation for Clinton’s recent performance at the polls. Her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has dipped, a small handful Republican rivals have took a lead over her in some key states, and talk of a potential challenge from Vice President Joe Biden has intensified over the past few weeks.