Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
President Barack Obama said he learned from the press that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email account for official business during her time in office.
Obama referred to the case, which was revealed this week by The New York Times and has caused controversy in an interview with CBS.
Asked knew when Clinton did use their private email Obama said that “while everyone knew through press reports,” according to excerpts developed by the chain.
“The policy of my administration is to promote transparency, that’s what my emails, I carry the BlackBerry, all records are available and archived,” Obama said.
Clinton has asked the State Department to publish all their emails after The New York Times revealed that the possible presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 2016 used at all times a personal account to your communications officer, during his four years in office.
“I’m glad that Hillary has ordered that these ‘mail’ on official business to be made public,” said Obama, who defended Clinton against criticism it has received.
Obama said Clinton “was a great secretary of state” and noted that the fact that requested that their emails are posted “will allow us to ensure that people have the information they need.”
Hillary faces the first crisis before announcing his candidacy
So far Hillary Clinton was measuring time to prevent wear to enter the 2016 presidential race too early, but this week already faced the first crisis management of email as secretary of state.
Information on emails Clinton, who have taken cover and discussions throughout the week, have unnerved some Democrats, who wonder if they have not risked too much playing it all to a strong candidate but with a great political baggage to render accounts.
“(This crisis) is another reason to involve more people in the process, to make sure we have other good and strong candidates competing. For who knows? She could completely collapse,” Larry said this week Hogden leader Democrats in Cedar County, in the strategic state of Iowa.
However, no one in the party has thrown open criticism, which shows the absolute leadership position that holds Clinton in the Democratic primaries unless, disputed in decades.
Although not his best week, Clinton on Tuesday received the accolade of the most powerful women in his party at the gala 30th anniversary of EMILY’S List, an organization that since 1985 has prepared a 9000 Democratic candidate.
Its president, Stephanie Schriock, came out in defense of Clinton and was the only one in the event referred, though veiled, the controversial emails.
“No one in the political history of the United States has faced more unjust attacks, more desperate opposition, and most overwhelming adversity than Hillary. She taught us all how to overcome setbacks,” he said.
It’s only been two weeks since Clinton reappeared on the public scene after the beginning of the year with low profile and has faced two controversial: the crisis of emails and suspicions on donations from foreign governments to the foundation of his family.
The controversy began Monday when the New York Times revealed that Clinton used exclusively private email communications as head of US diplomacy (2009-2013), with its own server installed at his home in New York.
US law does not prohibit the use of private mail but requires officials who prefer such accounts to be sent to the Government all professionals messages to be archived.
Clinton, who left office in February 2013, did not send her 55,000 pages of diplomatic couriers until October last year, when the State Department asked the secretaries recent work all messages sent from his private account during his years in the charge.
One of the reasons that the Department made that request was the investigation of a congressional committee about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi (Libya) 2012, in which the ambassador and three employees died.
The same committee asked on Wednesday that all emails related to the case are published. That night Hillary Clinton made his first and to date only statement on this issue through Twitter.
“I want citizens to see my mail. I have asked the State Department to publish them and they told me that revised for publication as soon as possible,” he wrote.
A few minutes later the Department confirmed that it would review the emails, not without realizing that this process, with the 55,000 pages of emails paper- take months.
The trickle of news about a controversy that calls into question the transparency of Clinton is not the context imagined the Hillary Clinton candidacy to formalize that all Americans take for sure.
Initially planned to wait until summer to delay their exposure to Republican attacks, but after this setback is speculation in political circles that they can forward the announcement to April.
His past as first lady, senator and secretary of state is a double-edged sword: gives an acknowledgment that has none of the potential candidates for the White House in 2016 and at the same time provides plenty of Republicans ammunition to torpedo his campaign.