Email controversy may overshadow Clinton presidential launch

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New YorkBy Susan Heavey and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Controversy over emails could overshadow the launch of Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign after an influential Republican on Wednesday raised the prospect of congressional hearings into her use of personal email for work when she was America’s top diplomat. Representative Trey Gowdy said he would like Clinton to testify in Congress by April about using a personal email address instead of a government one while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Clinton defended the practise on Tuesday, saying it was a “convenience” so that she wouldn’t have to carry two mobile devices. Republicans likened Clinton’s email habits to the secretive practices they say characterized President Bill Clinton’s years in office.

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