Democrats, State Department defend Hillary Clinton over email flap

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks at Chatham House in central LondonBy Steve Holland and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favored 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state. The Clinton camp quickly sought to discredit a New York Times report published late Monday that said her exclusive use of a personal email account from 2009 through 2013 and a lack of email preservation may have run afoul of the Federal Records Act. The report got wide play, largely because it fuels a political narrative from Republicans that Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are obsessed with secrecy and seek to play by a different set of rules. Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill, however, said Clinton had followed both the “letter and spirit of the rules” while she was secretary of state.

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