Democrats are defending Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account during her time as Secretary of State, saying the attacks against her from Republicans are in response to the upcoming presidential election.
Requests for Clinton's emails were made last week in a subpoena from the House Benghazi committee after it was revealed she used a personal email account and had a private server at her home while serving as Secretary of State, we previously reported.
The defense for Clinton began after she made her first public remarks on the email controversy Tuesday, admitting that she deleted 30,000 emails she claims were personal, reports New York Daily News.
Clinton asserted she has broken no laws or administration rules.
"I went above and beyond what I was requested to do," Clinton said.
"It's very clear that she followed the law and she followed the rules … and so there's nothing there except politics," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) said.
Boxer added that she believes the GOP criticisms are “without a doubt” related to the 2016 presidential race because Clinton is such a strong candidate for the Democratic nomination, reports The Hill.
"It's just a nothing [controversy], and it's going to continue because she's such a prominent candidate — will be such a prominent candidate — for president," Boxer said.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse concurred, stating that the attention surrounding Clinton’s emails “the biggest non-issue ever.”
The reporters who asked Whitehouse about Republicans’ motives received a jeering response.
"You guys are laughable," Whitehouse said.
Clinton’s confession positions Democrats to either trust her, or not, said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut).
“In the end, you either trust the Clintons or you don’t trust the Clintons,” Murphy said. “And I fundamentally trust her.”
Clinton did exactly what Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) wanted her to do: make a “full disclosure.”
“…She complied with all the federal laws. There is nothing I know that counters that. She is doing what I had hoped she would do, and that is to make a full disclosure,” Cardin said.
“The inevitable attacks on Hillary Clinton were going to come whether it was this spring or this summer or this fall,” Murphy said. “We better all get used to the fact that she’s going to get attacked and attacked mercilessly … I just think this is a fact of life for being Hillary Clinton.”
“We’re in the middle of a presidential campaign, so the opposition is going to raise question after question after question,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) said. “It’s not because it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s because it’s a Democrat running, and whoever it is, is going to have all kinds of negative charges.”
Those who may go up against Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016 avoided attacking her following the admission.
“I’m frankly a little sick of the email drama,” former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a potential 2016 candidate, said.
“This is an issue for the media in D.C.,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who may challenge Clinton’s bid, said. “This is not a major issue in Vermont.”
While Democrats are showing their support, some Republicans continue to doubt Clinton’s actions.
“My sense of trust is a little bit lost,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), a potential 2016 Republican candidate, said. “She was supposed to put the emails on a government server and she didn’t, and now she says . . . ‘trust me now that the ones I deleted weren’t pertinent.’”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), who chairs a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack, wants an independent review of Clinton’s email server. Clinton has said she will not make the server available, and Gowdy acknowledges he does not have the power to make her do that.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, reportedly plans to send a letter to the State Department on Friday requesting Clinton’s email—including electronic versions—and will subpoena them if necessary.
“Subpoenaing Hillary Clinton is not the chairman’s initial preference, but the committee retains the authority to do so,” said Chaffetz spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin.
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