Lawrence O’Donnell, who has been MSNBC’s harshest critic of Hillary Clinton over these last several days as the controversy surrounding her use of a personal email address and server has come to a head, responded to her press conference in a segment with Alex Wagner Tuesday afternoon.
Addressing Clinton’s explanation that she used one email address — and therefore one phone — as a matter of “convenience,” O’Donnell argued that for him it is more “convenient” to use two phones in order to keep his personal and professional lives separate. The anchor did not acknowledge that most smart phone can now accommodate two separate email addresses for exactly that purpose.
“But convenience is not a choice you have in government,” O’Donnell said, referring to a 2009 regulation that applied to her and not predecessors like Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. “That regulation said that her email must be preserved in the State Department recordkeeping system and it wasn’t,” he added. “There’s a moment in there where she says ‘everything I did was according to the law and the regulations.’ It was not in compliance with that regulation.”
Of course, as the State Department and Clinton have argued, she was in compliance with that regulation because her government-related emails were archived and can still be accessed. But since it will be difficult, if not impossible, to assess whether any work-related messages were deleted, that point is in contention.
“Lawrence O’Donnell does not sound satisfied,” Wagner concluded.
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