U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton tweets that she wants the State Department to release her email as soon as possible, breaking her silence in the controversy over her use of personal email for work. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday (March 5) broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly. Clinton's statement was aimed at cooling a political firestorm over allegations that she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. "I want the public to see my email," the potential 2016 presidential candidate said in a tweet. "I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." The controversy has suddenly put Clinton in trouble just as she is planning to launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. It has prompted some Democrats to wonder whether someone else should be their candidate to succeed President Barack Obama. The State Department said it will review the emails provided by Clinton "using a normal process that guides such releases." Clinton's tweeted statement came hours after a congressional committee investigating the September 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, issued subpoenas for her emails. The U.S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on Benghazi demanded all communications from Clinton related to the incident, in which a U.S. ambassador was killed. The State Department has defended Clinton, saying that at the time there was no prohibition on using a personal email account for official business as long as it was preserved. But experts have called her use of personal email highly unusual and that her practise possibly left her communications open to hacking. The State Department said Clinton last year turned over emails from the period after a records request and that 300 of these were sent to the Benghazi committee. A total of 55,000 pages of material covering the time she was in office were turned over, the agency said.