Clinton: I didn’t have a computer in my State Dept. office – Politico
Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she did not conduct most of her official business as secretary of state via email, during her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, remarking that she did not even have a computer in her Foggy Bottom office.
During questioning from Indiana Republican Susan Brooks, Clinton was asked to account for the relative lack of emails to and from State Department officials regarding the situation on the ground in Libya from 2011 to 2012, as the situation deteriorated.
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“Well, congresswoman, I did not conduct most of the business I did on behalf of our country on email. I conducted it in meetings, I read massive amounts of memos, great deal of classified information, I made a lot of secure phone calls, I was in and out of the White House all the time,” Clinton said.
Essentially, Clinton argued, just because it was not on her email does not mean she was not responding or reacting to any situation at hand.
“There were a lot of things that happened that I was aware of and that I was reacting to. If you were to be in my office in the State Department, I didn’t have a computer, I did not do the vast majority of my work on email,” she said.
“And I bet there’s a lot of Sid Blumenthal’s emails in there from 2011, too,” Clinton said, referring to intelligence memos sent from a longtime family friend.
“Well, we’ll get to that later,” Brooks responded.
Clinton remarked that she did not want to give “a mistaken impression about what I did and how I did it.”
“Most of my work was not done on emails with my closest aides, with officials in the State Department, officials in the rest of the government as well as the White House and people around the world,” she explained.