Hillary Clinton: Private email set up for 'convenience'

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton has told reporters she used private emails out of "convenience" during her time as secretary of state.

But Mrs Clinton said it "would have been better" to have two accounts to separate work and personal emails.

The issue of whether Mrs Clinton breached federal records rules has gained attention as she is expected to announce a run for president.

She is seen as a top contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Mrs Clinton had planned to spend March talking about women's issues - including at a UN speech on Tuesday - before announcing her candidacy in early April, the Associated Press news agency reported.

But she decided to answer questions on Tuesday amid criticism from Republicans and worries from Democratic allies that she was not explaining herself.

At a news conference after Mrs Clinton made a speech at a UN session on empowering women, she told reporters why she set up a private email system during her time as secretary of state.

"I thought using one device would be simpler; obviously, it hasn't worked out that way," she said.

Under US federal law, officials' correspondence is considered to be US government property.

Mrs Clinton said she and her lawyers made the decision over what would be considered personal email when the state department asked for records from former secretaries of state.

The emails deemed personal were about half of the 60,000 emails in total she sent during her time in office.

The state department said it would release the emails they received, about 55,000 printed pages in total, after a review.

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