Bill Clinton Didn't E-Mail With Hillary, Ex-President's Spokesman Says

Hillary Clinton's reference to “personal communications from my husband and me” on Tuesday stirred confusion.


Former US President Bill Clinton waves with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York September 22, 2014.


Bill Clinton is firmly in the luddite camp when it comes to e-mail. The former president has only sent two messages ever using the technology, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing spokesman Matt McKenna.

So when Hillary Clinton described her husband's involvement in her private e-mail server setup at a press conference Tuesday, it left some confused.

“The server contains personal communications from my husband and me,” she said. “The system we used was set up for President Clinton's office,” she added. “So, I think that the use of that server, which started with my husband, certainly proved to be effective and secure.”

Hillary Clinton's reference to a system for her husband's office doesn't clearly conflict with the Journal's report that “after leaving office, Mr. Clinton established his own domain that staff use—”

But some took “from my husband and me” to mean messages between the former president and first lady. “It appears at least one Clinton is not telling the whole truth,” wrote the Washington Examiner. “She runs into the brick wall of her husband’s own denial,” wrote the National Review. “Does Bill Clinton email? It depends whom you ask,” read a headline at the Hill.

Asked whether Bill Clinton e-mailed with his wife at her e-mail address, McKenna told Bloomberg he did not. 

Perhaps Hillary Clinton meant messages on behalf of both of them. In any case, her description of the communication as “personal” would suggest that any Bill Clinton-linked messages were among the 31,830 she said she “chose not to keep.”

Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill did not respond to requests for clarification, nor did McKenna respond to further questions.

Mark Drajem and Jennifer Esptein contributed to this report.

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