Henry Asks Earnest: Given Cyber Threats, Did It Make Sense For Hillary Clinton to Have a Private Email Server?

• June 5, 2015 2:34 pm


News broke overnight that the Office of Personnel Management was hacked and compromised the data of thousands of current and former federal employees. China is rumored to be the behind the cyber attack.

During Friday’s White House press briefing, Fox News’ Ed Henry asked spokesman Josh Earnest if it made sense for Hillary Clinton to have a private server during her time as Secretary of State.

Earnest joked that the question was creative but was not an expert on what vulnerability Clinton’s personal server could have created. During the press briefing Earnest constantly referenced that there are constant threats from adversaries who are a threat to national security.

Henry asked if current Secretary of State John Kerry had his own personal server.

"I think the point is Ed, that this is a threat that is faced by federal government computer networks, a threat that is faced by state government computer networks. It is also a threat that is faced by private sector computer networks. It is also a threat that is faced by news media organizations and their computer networks. We are mindful of all of that and take this very seriously," Earnest said.

Henry closed out by asking if the White House considers China an adversary. Earnest said that he did not but could not speak on whether or not that China had conducted the cyber attack.