A blurry clip unearthed by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kacyznski Wednesday showed Clinton telling a supporter that she does not use email because of her past experience with public investigations. The clip, which aired on ABC's 20/20, is from back in 2000 when Clinton was running to represent New York in the Senate.
"As much as I’ve been investigated and all of that, you know, why would I — I don’t even want — why would I ever want to do e-mail?" Clinton says to a supporter in the clip.
It's a position she may be wishing she'd stuck to, as new developments mounted Wednesday in the controversy over her use of a private e-mail account while serving in the Obama administration.
A report by the Associated Press Wednesday revealed that the server for the personal email address Clinton used to conduct all professional communications as secretary of state is registered to her home in Chappaqua, New York. That would seem to indicate that Clinton owns the server itself, and serves to reinforce the idea that she meant to exercise complete control over the records from her years as secretary of state.
Then The Washington Post reported that the House Select Committee on Benghazi would be asking for all e-mails related to the attack from all Clintonemail.com accounts and any other staff members’ personal accounts as early as Wednesday afternoon.
Clinton’s team has yet to publicly respond to questions about the motives behind using a personal email address.
“The intent here seems to obfuscate. It seems to be a matter of gaining control over the flow of information…presumably to avoid professional or political liability. It’s unclear to me why else a secretary of state would do this,” said John Wonderlich, policy director at the Sunlight Foundation. “It really must have been a very intentional decision.”
The controversy has raised questions about the legality and ethics of allowing Clinton’s team to decide which emails enter the public record and which are left out. It appears, however, that Clinton deliberately ignored specific guidance from the White House that instructed administration officials to use government-issued email addresses for work purposes.
“The Clinton team — not the State Department, by the way, the Clinton team — is claiming that they are forwarding all of the relevant records to the national archive,” he said. “But even if we think that her personal staff is making good decisions, they’re not publicly accountable. It’s stunning to me that these determinations aren’t being made by public servants.”
The State Department, for its part, has said that Clinton did not send or receive classified information via email during her tenure.
The former secretary of state, who appeared at an EMILY’s List award gala Tuesday in Washington, has not publicly addressed the controversy.