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Hillary Clinton camp pushes back on email story

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Hillary Clinton's office pushed back on Tuesday afternoon on claims that she misused a private email during her time as secretary of state, arguing that there was nothing nefarious at play.

[NEW YORK] Hillary Clinton's office pushed back on Tuesday afternoon on claims that she misused a private email during her time as secretary of state, arguing that there was nothing nefarious at play. 

In an extended statement provided to Bloomberg Politics, a Clinton aide detailed ways in which Mrs Clinton did not run afoul of archival laws or the practices of her predecessors.

Mrs Clinton only used her email account for non-classified information, the aide said, backing up an assertion that the State Department made earlier Tuesday.

Mrs Clinton, the aide said, held onto a BlackBerry that she had used before her arrival at the State Department and continued to use once she got there. That's in line with Colin Powell's use of a personal laptop and email account that "allowed me direct access to anyone online," as he wrote in his memoir.

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"I started shooting emails to my principal assistants, to individual ambassadors, and increasingly to my foreign-minister colleagues who like me were trying to bring their ministries into the 186,000-miles-per-second world."

The aide also said that assertions from the New York Times and others that different records rules applied to Mrs Clinton than to her predecessors is wrong, since the National Archives and Records Administration did not issue guidance updating its rules until fall 2013, months after she left office.

The same rules applied to Mrs Clinton as had applied to Mr Powell.

While NARA's preference is that officials not use an email alias, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said in sworn testimonyin 2013 that "nothing in the law that prohibits them."

"We don't care how many accounts you have as long as those on which you're doing federal business are captured for the record," he also said. 

Responding to a department request for documents from recent secretaries of state, Mrs Clinton's team provided over 55,000 pages of emails, which the Clinton aide said included anything that pertained to her work there.

Personal conversations such as emails with her daughter Chelsea about flower arrangements for her 2010 wedding were not included. But any correspondence with the 100 State Department officials with whom she regularly corresponded would have already been stored on the department's servers and Mrs Clinton's office made sure to replicate all of those e-mails.

In all, 9 out of 10 emails that Mrs Clinton sent during her time at the State Department went to colleagues there.

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