Clinton ended her news conference after taking several questions over about 20 minutes. Here are four things we learned during this relatively brief appearance in front of reporters (and the questions some of these things raised):
1. She deleted thousands of e-mails
This may be the main takeaway from Wednesday’s news conference: Clinton publicly admitting that she had deleted thousands of e-mails from her private e-mail server, which meant they were not sent to the State Department for review.
“I chose not to keep my private personal e-mails,” she said, adding that they were about things like yoga, family vacations and her daughter’s wedding. She said that she went through her e-mails and found more than 60,000 were sent and received, half of which she deemed “work-related.”
2. She conceded it was probably not wise to use just a personal e-mail account
Clinton said that “it would have been probably smarter” had she used two e-mail accounts — a personal account and a government account — rather than just having everything on her private e-mail. She said that the decision was made for “convenience,” so that she could carry around just one device rather than two devices.
However, she did not explain why she was unable to carry around one device that could access multiple e-mail accounts, which many people commonly do with professional and personal e-mail accounts.
3. The private e-mail server was set up for Bill Clinton
The server that was used for her e-mail correspondence was set up for her husband, she said, and she added that she believed it was secure.”It had numerous safeguards,” she said. “It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches.”
Of course, having a server on physical property guarded by the Secret Service has no bearing on whether or not someone is able to remotely hack into or access the device or the e-mails. Clinton did not go into any detail about how she was sure there were no security lapses.
4. Clinton says she never sent or received classified e-mails
This answer seemed to raise several other questions, as Clinton traveled extensively while secretary of state and likely exchanged plenty of e-mails during these trips. But when asked whether she was ever briefed about the security implications of using her personal account to e-mail President Obama, she answered that it was never an issue.
“I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail,” she said. “There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”