Clinton Claims She Never Told Staffers to Hide Private Email Use

May 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton claimed she never told staffers to hide her private email use during a Tuesday interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

"I certainly never instructed anyone to hide the fact that I was using a personal email. It was obvious to hundreds of people, visible to the many people that I was emailing throughout the State Department and the rest of the federal government," Clinton said.

Hayes asked Clinton about a report by the State Department inspector general that included harsh criticism of Clinton's email practices. Hayes referenced a portion of the report that stated one of Clinton’s staffers had told others to keep quiet about the secretary’s use of private email.

"There's just one line in that IG report that stuck out to me and I just wanted to get clarification from you directly, in which the [inspector general] found that a subordinate of yours had told people to stop asking about your use of private email—and that was a striking phrase. Is that true to your knowledge?" Hayes asked.

"I do not know who that person is or, you know, what that person, you know, might have said, because it's not anything that I am aware of. I emailed, I emailed with hundreds of people and I emailed department officials directly with my email, as other secretaries have done," Clinton said.