The arrangement, while it appears unusual, was and is acceptable and legal, according to the State Department. The only obligation Clinton was under was to preserve her emails so they could become part of the government's official record.
She turned over 55,000 printed pages of email to the State Department in response to a request to her and other former secretaries of state several months ago. Of the others, Condoleezza Rice said she never used a personal email account, Madeleine Albright said she did not use email, and Colin Powell said he too used a personal email account, but he didn't take the emails with him when he left office and the account has been closed for a number of years.
Delivering her first remarks on the controversy on Tuesday, Clinton said, "Looking back, it would have been better that I simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time that didn't seem an issue."
She added that her email server had not been breached in any attacks.
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