Kaine Hammered Over Clinton Email Report, Falsely Claims She Used One Device for Email

September 4, 2016

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) falsely repeated Hillary Clinton's private email server excuse on Sunday that she used just one device for her work and personal emails, when the FBI's released report two days earlier refuted that claim.

"I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two," Clinton said in March of 2015.

Clinton has also repeatedly called the server a "mistake," but ABC host Martha Raddatz asked Kaine if that wasn't a good-enough explanation for the American people.

"What these notes demonstrate is in very significant detail why the FBI chose not to go forward with any additional proceeding," Kaine said. "She did make a mistake, and she made it by deciding she wanted to use one device rather than multiple devices."

However, the FBI released files from its investigation into Clinton's private email server on Friday, and among the findings was there were 13 different mobile devices associated with Clinton's two numbers that could have been used to send and receive emails on her system:

The Free Beacon reported:

Investigators found that Clinton used 11 different BlackBerry devices "in succession," eight of them during her tenure at the State Department.

While the Justice Department asked Clinton’s attorneys at Williams & Connolly to turn over the 13 devices, the lawyers said in February that "they were unable to locate any of these devices," according to the documents.

"As a result, the FBI was unable to acquire or forensically examine any of these 13 mobile devices," the documents state.

Raddatz pointed out to Kaine a majority of poll respondents felt it was a mistake for the FBI not to recommend charges against Clinton for her email conduct, in addition to her usual paltry numbers in honesty and trustworthiness.

"So again, isn't this an issue that she needs to better explain?" Raddatz asked.

"That's why she asked that these materials be made public, and I think when you read the materials ... they go into significant detail about why the FBI concluded that there was no need for any additional proceedings," Kaine said.

"But Senator Kaine, she hasn't answered questions about this. Shouldn't she be answering questions about this?" Raddatz asked.

Kaine said he disagreed and had sat with Clinton as she answered questions about her behavior.

"She's answered questions about what she did and why, and then she said, look, by using one device, I made a mistake," Kaine said. "I apologize for it. I've learned something, and I wouldn't do it again."