What Is the Hillary Clinton Email Controversy?

The Hillary Clinton email controversy refers to a 2015 scandal in which Clinton had used a personal email account to conduct government business while she was Secretary of State. In addition, she stored these emails on a private server.

Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. During that time she had used a personal email account for all electronic correspondence, including emails related to her role as Secretary of State. The emails were stored on a server located in her home in Chappaqua, New York. The personal email account and server became public knowledge in March 2015, when a Congressional panel learned of their existence while investigating the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

The revelation of the email account and private server led to questions about Clinton's motivation for not using a government email account. Critics of Clinton see this as evidence that she wanted to hide information about her work, the positions she may have advocated, and with whom she may have been in contact as Secretary of State. Critics also have stated that the email account and server may have been vulnerable to hackers and the server may have stored classified information.

Clinton stated that she used a personal account for convenience so she would only have to manage a single account for all her emails. She also said that she did not do anything illegal and complied with the government rules that were in place at the time she was Secretary of State. A 2014 law mandates that emails government officials send and receive must be stored on a government server.