The Clinton email saga took another confusing turn on Saturday when former President Bill Clinton said during a campaign event in Iowa for his wife that he uses email.
The admission is at complete odds with Clinton’s past claims that he has only ever sent two emails in his life.
“A couple of days ago we had that 11-hour marathon in Washington,” Clinton reminded a crowd in Des Moines, referring to Hillary Clinton’s testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
“I will say this,” he continued, “we had the friends of our lifetime emailing me furiously saying they thought she was doing great and all that. To every one of them I wrote back a simple answer: ‘I think I’ll vote for her.”
Except back in March when the story about Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email account as secretary of state was developing, the former president’s handlers said that he had only ever sent two emails in his life.
During a press conference held in an attempt to explain her unusual email arrangement, Clinton told reporters that an email server she used “contains personal communications from my husband and me.”
Bill Clinton’s spokesman at the time, Matt McKenna, told The Wall Street Journal after that press conference that Clinton sent only two emails, and that they were sent when he was in office. Clinton did set up an email domain, @presidentclinton.com, but it was used only by staff, according to McKenna.
Clinton repeated a similar claim in June, when he said at an event for the Clinton Global Initiative that “the only time I ever got on the internet, I did two emails.”
“Otherwise, I found people said embarrassing things on emails, and I didn’t want to be one of them,” he added.
Clinton’s comments on Saturday raise a few possibilities: he’s either been misleading about his email habits all along; he only began using email within the past few months; or his assistants send emails on his behalf but he characterizes himself as the sender since he’s directing the action.