Seeking to avoid any blot on her 2016 presidential campaign in wake of a brewing email controversy, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton rejected the claims made in a letter sent to Congress and denied sending any classified information using her private email.
Hillary, who is a frontrunner democrat candidate for 2016 US presidential elections, has of late been under the cloud over her private email usage during her tenure as the Secretary of State.
A letter sent by Inspector General Charles McCullough to US Congress claimed that out of 40 emails sampled out of over 30,000 emails, four contained information that were classified at that time.
However, seeking to steer clear of any controversy, Hillary said that she did not “send nor receive anything that was classified at the time”.
She was speaking in Iowa after campaigning.
Saying that she never knowingly sent or received classified info on her private account, Hillary said that she had “no idea” what were the emails mentioned in McCullough’s letter.
The use of her private email account has become a brownie point for her opponents as they would try to cash in on the issue to bring her campaign down.
The email controversy surfaced to light this March when a report said that Clinton had exclusively used both a private email address and a private server while at the State Department.
Questions were raised why she chose not to use government email if she wasn’t trying to skirt federal rules that require officials’ communications to be archived.
However, Hillary described her use of personal email as a matter of “convenience” and a way to avoid carrying two devices. She said that didn’t appear to be an issue at the time, but that in hindsight, it would have been “smarter” to use a government account as well as her personal one.