What's going on:
- Hillary Clinton said she used a private email address and server for convenience.
- She said she deleted emails that she described as personal in nature about matters such as her daughter's wedding, her mother's funeral, and her yoga routine.
- She acknowledged "it would have been better" to have used separate work and personal email accounts.
- Previously, Clinton issued this tweet in response to a New York Times report that her decision to not use a government email account may have broken federal record-keeping rules.
- Clinton turned some 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in December of 2014 per the department's request. The State Department then turned over emails related to Benghazi to a congressional committee investigating the attack.
- The chair of the Benghazi select committee says his investigators have not received all the relevant emails.
"Given the substance, it could have gone worse," Ben Smith reports from Clinton's U.N. news conference.
But "Hillary Clinton projected the stoicism of a person who really, truly hates what she's doing, and does it anyway."
Video of Clinton's news conference:
Clinton said she deleted the personal emails because they were about matters that were "within the scope of my personal privacy...I didn't see any reason to keep them."
"I fully complied with every rule that I was governed by," Clinton said.
She added that she never sent any classified material through her email.
Clinton said she feels she went "above and beyond" in providing her emails to the State Department.
"I feel like I've taken unprecedented steps in providing these work-related emails," she said.
"There were no security breaches" on the private email server, Clinton said. "[It] proved to be effective and secure."
"The [email] server will remain private," Clinton said.
"I have to tell you that as I said in my remarks, looking back it would have been probably smarter to have used two devices. But I have absolute confidence that anything related to my work is now in the hands of the State Department," she said.
Clinton said she directed her staff to err on the side of caution and provide any emails that could be "possible viewed as work related" to the State Department.
"Out of an abundance of caution and care we wanted to send that message unequivocally," she said.
Clinton said the emails she provided to the State Department will give Americans an unprecedented look into the day-to-day correspondence of a high-ranking government official.
Clinton said she chose to not save personal emails that pertained to her personal life.
She said these contained normal discussions, such as correspondence with her daughter and chats about yoga classes.
She said about half of the emails she sent were personal, and were not "in any way related to my work."
She said her choice not to save these emails was completely within her right as a government employee.
Clinton said most of the emails she sent were to government email accounts, and therefore would be saved for records purposes.
"I am very proud of the work I did" as secretary of state, Clinton said.
"Again, looking back it would have been better to use two different phones and two different email accounts," she said.
She said that she thought having one would be easier, "but obviously it didn't work out that way."
Clinton said looking back she should have had two accounts.
She said she mostly used the email to send emails to government employees on their federal accounts.
Clinton says she opted to have a personal email because of convienience.
She said she did so "because I thought it would be easier" to carry one device instead of two.