When it comes to using a private server for her e-mails when she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton “didn't really think it through,” according to her communications director.
“I've encountered this a lot in politics where people think that the answer is a lot more complicated than it really is,” Jennifer Palmieri told With All Due Respect co-host John Heilemann in an interview on Wednesday. “She's answered this many times and she did have her own e-mail account. Others had done it before and it was just more convenient and she kept it like that, and she didn't really—that's the thing, she didn't really think it through.”
“She has said, had she, she would have done it differently,” Palmieri added.
Palmieri's interview comes a day after the Democratic presidential front-runner faced a barrage of questions during a tense news conference in the Las Vegas area about her server, which she says was recently turned over to the FBI. When pressed about whether she wiped the server clean, Clinton replied, “What, like with a cloth or something?” She added, “I don't know how it works digitally at all.”
After Palmieri was pressed on what exactly Clinton ordered to be done with the e-mails, she offered a similar response to the candidate's, throwing in a reference to the so-called Deflategate professional football controversy.
“To be deleted and beyond that I don't know and beyond that I don't understand—this is like, everyone's an expert on inflating footballs and now everybody's an expert on wiping servers. Like, I don't know how that all works,” Palmieri said.
When Palmieri was asked about the "cloth" joke her boss cracked during Tuesday's news conference, she shrugged off criticism.
“She's sitting there—in this case she's standing there—and she's taking all these questions and I, you know, I think she actually shows good humor about it and also a little bit of humanity,” Palmieri said. “People always say we need to see authentic Hillary, and if she gets a little frustrated then you get to see that too.”