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Hillary Clinton files new answers under oath about private email system, explains why she used it


Years after the scandal began...

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Hillary Clinton has submitted under oath additional answers about the private email system she used during her four-year tenure as secretary of state, Judicial Watch, a conservative-leaning government watchdog group, announced on Friday.

What are the details?

Clinton initially refused to answer the questions, fearing doing so would draw fresh scrutiny to the political sin that has overshadowed her life for nearly a half-decade now. But last month, Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that Clinton had to answer questions about the email server submitted by Judicial Watch.

The questions Clinton was compelled to answer involved the establishment of the email server, including details about whose idea it was to use the private server and when it became operational.

In response, Clinton told the court she used the private email system for the "purpose of convenience."

Clinton's full response is as follows, according to Judicial Watch:

Subject to and without waiving the forgoing objections, Secretary Clinton answers as follows: As Secretary Clinton prepared in late 2008/early 2009 to serve as Secretary of State, she was aware that President Clinton's office had set up an e-mail system, but she had no role in this process. Secretary Clinton knew that President Clinton's staff had recently upgraded that system. Secretary Clinton does not know what equipment that system used, how it was created, who decided that the system needed to be upgraded, or who else had accounts on the system. Secretary Clinton believes that one of the President's aides, Justin Cooper, set up the system. Secretary Clinton decided to use a clintonemail.com account on the system for the purpose of convenience. Secretary Clinton recalls that the clintonemail.com account was created in early 2009. Although Secretary Clinton does not have specific knowledge of the details of the creation of the account, the "domain," or the "domain name," her best understanding is that Mr. Cooper set it up.

Anything else?

Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered additional fact-finding in the Clinton email investigation to probe whether or not the basis of the private email system was to avoid the Freedom of Information Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said in a scathing opinion that Clinton's use of a private email system is "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency."

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