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Obama Says He Learned Of Clinton’s Private Emails From News Reports

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Obama Says He Learned Of Clinton’s Private Emails From News Reports

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By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said he first learned from news reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account while serving as his secretary of State.

“The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived,” Obama said in excerpts of an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday. “I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.”

Obama’s first comments on the controversy came as a leading Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, said Clinton should speak publicly about Clinton’s emails or risk damaging her potential 2016 presidential campaign.

“She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, to be the next president and I think she needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is,” Feinstein said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I think from this point on the … silence is going to hurt her.”

Clinton’s only comment came on Twitter last week: “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

The State Department is reviewing 55,000 pages of her emails to determine whether they can be released to the public.

Feinstein added that the regulations on personal email use were unclear during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, from 2009 to 2013.

Colin Powell, who served as secretary of State from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush, told ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos that he didn’t retain any of the work emails he sent from a personal account during his tenure.

A federal law enacted in November requires the preservation of work emails from private accounts of government officials.

The Clinton controversy dominated discussion on Sunday TV talk shows, with Democrats, including Feinstein, defending her use of private email as legal.

The New York Times reported last week that Clinton used a private email account for her work messages. Then The Associated Press reported that Clinton had exclusive control over her email through a private server linked to her New York home.

A key Republican on Sunday reiterated his concerns that Clinton has not turned over all relevant emails regarding her role in the U.S. response to the fatal 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The State Department has turned over some emails to the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack, which left four Americans dead, including the ambassador. But the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), said on CBS’ Face the Nation that “there are gaps of months and months and months” between emails.

There were no emails from a trip Clinton made to Libya in October 2011 in which she was photographed en route in sunglasses looking at her handheld device — a picture that has been published in recent days with articles about the controversy, Gowdy said.

“It strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that’s been turned over to Congress,” he said.

Gowdy’s committee said last week that it had subpoenaed Clinton’s personal emails related to the attack.

Photo: Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Lead On Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

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25 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila March 9, 2015

    Hillary Clinton must speak, officially and publicly, about this controversy. I suspect that most politicians in Washington know that there were no violations of the law or security breaches, but this issue is likely to undermine her candidacy regardless of its impact to U.S. government functions or our national security. The problem for her is that this issue speaks of judgment – or lack thereof – and trust; two of the most important attributes needed to become President. If she doesn’t set the record straight, as soon as possible, her reputation will be damaged to the point that she may have no choice but to do a Romney. One of the most likely consequences of this is going to be the emergence of Democratic candidates in the not too distant future. Hopefully, Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be among them.

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    1. Grannysmovin March 9, 2015

      I agree no employee or elected official of local, state or federal government should be conducting the “people’s business” on via private e-mail without ensuring it ends up on a secured government server. I also agree the longer she remains silent the more damaged she becomes. I would like to see Sanders/Warren as canidates.

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      1. FT66 March 9, 2015

        Granny,
        You take Sanders/Warren as candidates and expect to win? Really Granny? Please spare our time and contributions if you think that is the right recipe for winning!

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        1. Grannysmovin March 9, 2015

          Sorry, but I like what they stand for – the middle class. However Democrats need to have a plan B , because Clinton becomes more and more open to hard attacks from the right. She needs to address and this e-mail controversy.

          “Please spare our time and contributions if you think that is the right recipe for winning!” – Simply solution don’t read my posts and we both share the 1st Amendment right to free speech.

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          1. FT66 March 9, 2015

            Am sorry too, free Speech applies to everyone. Yes we can have plan B. But what is the use if that plan B won’t reach us anywhere. Yes you like what they stand for, does it mean your vote and may be of few others is what it takes for victory? I think we do what works for us, what doesn’t we just keep it aside.

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          2. Grannysmovin March 9, 2015

            I know it applies to everyone, I was not the one telling me to spare your time and contributions. So No Plan B – Clinton only – well latest poll show only a 4% lead over Walker. She hasn’t announced so what if she decides not to run? So you see no other viable candidates, than our party is truly in trouble if we don’t have alternatives. Have a nice day.

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          3. FT66 March 9, 2015

            We do not need to panic at all. Who in the right mind thinks Scott Walker can debate Hillary and emerge as a winner? 4% of her lead is huge. We don’t need to fall in the trapp of republicans. Thats why they are there for. They know Hillary is a big threat to their entire group of contenders. They will try this and that in order to bring her down. If we will remain united, her number will stick until Nov. 2016.

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          4. Grannysmovin March 9, 2015

            They have a clown car and we have a unicycle without a rider right now.

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    2. Grannysmovin March 9, 2015

      I agree no employee or elected official of local, state or federal government should be conducting the “people’s business” on via private e-mail without ensuring it ends up on a secured government server. I also agree the longer she remains silent the more damaged she becomes. I would like to see Sanders/Warren as canidates.

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    3. Grannysmovin March 9, 2015

      I agree no employee or elected official of local, state or federal government should be conducting the “people’s business” on via private e-mail without ensuring it ends up on a secured government server. I also agree the longer she remains silent the more damaged she becomes. I would like to see Sanders/Warren as canidates.

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    4. FT66 March 9, 2015

      Unfortunately I disagree with you Dominick together with Ms. Feinstein. Why should Hillary come out now and talk about the email? Under what capacity? Has she announced already that she is in for running? As far as I understand, she hasn’t. At the time being, Hillary should answer to Obama Admin which set the reg and she didn’t obey. Until she decides to run, that will be the proper time for her to answer, after she has answered those who wanted her to obey. There is no need now for her at the moment to jump over the shark eh! Doesn’t make any sense.

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      1. Dominick Vila March 9, 2015

        Hillary was not a private citizen shopping at Amazon when the alleged violations of security protocol took place. As a minimum, she should call President Obama and explain what happened and why she did whatever she did.
        I find the whole thing bizarre. Every person that worked at Federal government facilities, and who had a security clearance, knows that classified information cannot be divulged without prior authorization, and that secure facilities and mediums must be used to transmit it or receive it.
        The reason I think she should clear the air is because until she does, the allegations stand as stated, regardless of whether she actually broke protocol and/or compromised our national security. Bear in mind that everything we know thus far is based on information released by AP.

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  2. seconnecticut March 9, 2015

    Why bother Hillary for her emails. Get them from the NSA. They collect everything.
    http://www.seconnecticut.com/NationalSecurityState.htm

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    1. springerj March 9, 2015

      Exactly! Beyond that, ALL her emails were sent to somebody or were sent BY somebody, whose servers would have copies. These should not be that tough to recover from other sources beyond her own personal server.

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      1. itsfun March 10, 2015

        They are not her emails. Any email containing any government information belongs to the people. Email on her personal server was probably not collected by anyone except hackers.

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  3. seconnecticut March 9, 2015

    Why bother Hillary for her emails. Get them from the NSA. They collect everything.
    http://www.seconnecticut.com/NationalSecurityState.htm

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  4. seconnecticut March 9, 2015

    Why bother Hillary for her emails. Get them from the NSA. They collect everything.
    http://www.seconnecticut.com/NationalSecurityState.htm

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  5. Whatmeworry March 9, 2015

    Not only that he found out in Selma this week that he is black after looking at his 2 kids

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    1. Not only that I found out in Selma this week that I am black after looking at my 2 kids

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  6. Will March 10, 2015

    This “garbage” to me is absolutely ridiculous. Do we NOT have much more important, crucial and pressing issues to address/solve in this country?!

    But…oh no. None of those things are being reported or addressed. It is no wonder why the country continues to “circle the drain”. Epitome of sheer idiocy…as far as I’m concerned.

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    1. itsfun March 10, 2015

      These are government documents that belong to the people of this country not Hillary. Who know if she was hacked and government information given to foreign governments to be used against us.

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  7. itsfun March 10, 2015

    He learned of the IRS scandal, fast and furious spying on reporters from the news. Does he really think we believe that. If we were to believe him, then one would conclude he doesn’t have a clue as to what is happening in his administration. If we don’t believe him, than one would conclude he is just lying to us again.

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  8. Forest Black March 11, 2015

    Obama’s really not even that smart. He just reads well off of a teleprompter.

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    1. dpaano March 26, 2015

      As did most of the past presidents…….

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  9. seconnecticut March 25, 2015

    “Democracy? By the time you are choosing between another Clinton or
    Bush, for the fourth time, the super-rich have decided on the
    President.” Garikai Chengu

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