The White House said Wednesday it is “not particularly interested” in Hillary Clinton’s personal email, effectively telling the former secretary of state she is on her own in dealing with the growing scandal.
Mrs. Clinton, who served as Mr. Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, said Wednesday she’s turned over to the State Department 30,490 emails deemed official. She did not use a .gov email address during her four years at the State Department and instead relied on a private account that she also used to send and receive “personal” messages.
At least 31,830 of those personal emails now have been deleted, Mrs. Clinton said.
She rejected calls to turn over her private email server to an independent third party to ensure no emails related to government business were deleted or have been kept hidden.
While Republicans are calling for greater scrutiny over Mrs. Clinton’s personal email, the Obama administration shrugged off questions about the former secretary’s lack of transparency.
“Frankly, the secretary’s handling of her own personal email and the maintenance of personal email inbox is something that I’m not going to comment on and not particularly interested in,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
Mr. Earnest could not say whether the administration is sure Mrs. Clinton saved all emails related to government business.
“The federal government did not review Secretary Clinton’s personal email. Her team did,” he said. “If you have questions about the process they went through to catalog that email you should direct them to them.”