More than a week after it was revealed that she used only private email to conduct State Department business, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to address the controversy Tuesday during a press conference following a speech at the United Nations. It will be the first time Clinton answers questions about her use of private email since it was reported by the New York Times last week in a story that also suggested she may have violated federal rules.
Republicans are trying to turn the development into a scandal, especially after it became known the presumed Democratic front-runner owned the server connected to her clintonemail.com address. Government emails are automatically archived, but Clinton’s use of a “homebrew” server meant that she had total control over the messages. She turned over some 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department only in December, after the agency requested them. There have been calls to publicly release the emails, an idea Clinton said she is on board with when she first addressed the controversy in a tweet 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.
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 5, 2015
Clinton appeared to be in violation of 2009 regulations from the National Archives and Records Administration mandating that government agencies and employees must ensure their government-related messages sent through private email were archived “in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system.”
Although Clinton released a statement on Twitter and another through her spokesman, who pointed out that her predecessors as secretary of state also used private email, she has yet to take questions from the press on the email controversy. She’s expected to address the media Tuesday afternoon after she wraps up the keynote speech at a women’s conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
While CNN is reporting Clinton will address the media around 3:30 p.m. EDT, her camp hasn’t yet given a time for the news conference. But you can watch it live here: