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Huma Abedin Says Clinton’s Private Email Was a Source of Frustration

Huma Abedin sits close behind Hillary Clinton
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Senior aide and confidante to Hillary Clinton Huma Abedin, said in a deposition that Clinton's private email server was a source of frustration while Clinton was secretary of state.

The deposition, which was made public on Wednesday, shows that Abedin said that technical glitches with the server were the cause of much of the frustration, the New York Times reports.

Ms. Abedin, who served as Mrs. Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department and is now the vice chairwoman of her presidential campaign, said her boss’s use of the private server was never intended to sidestep federal record-keeping laws. Mrs. Clinton, she said, wanted to protect her personal information "just like anybody who has personal email would want to keep their personal email private."

The exchange focused on a 2010 email first disclosed by the State Department’s inspector general in a scathing report last month, in which Mrs. Clinton raised concerns about accepting a new BlackBerry because she did not want "any risk of the personal being accessible." Mrs. Clinton has previously said that using a single, private email address on a private server was simply a matter of convenience.

In addition to the technical glitches that Abedin mentions, hackers have claimed that they were able to gain access to Clinton's server and her email account.Clinton also reportedly believed that her account was being hacked, but never reported it, even though it contained classified information.

The FBI is still completing its investigation into Clinton's private email server use.