Hillary Clinton informed the Benghazi Commission that as secretary of state, she had other duties besides sending emails.
The exchange came when Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R) questioned Clinton about the absence of emails about the attack on the US embassy on September 11, 2012, in Libya that left Ambassador Chris Stevens dead.
“There was a lot of communication… from your senior staff from the State Department, to you or from you or from you in 2011,’ Brooks said, patting a pile of printed-out messages. “But then, when we go to 2012, Libya, Benghazi, Chris Stevens, the staff there, they seem to fall off your radar in 2012 and the situation’s getting much worse in 2012… In your records that we have reviewed, there is not one email to you or from you in 2012 when an explosive device went off at our compound in April. There’s not a single email in your records about that explosive device.”
Brooks then asks “what kind of culture was created in the State Department that your folks couldn’t tell you in an email about a bomb in April of 2012?”
This left Clinton to explain that most of the business she conducted as head of the State Department wasn’t done via email.
“I conducted it in meetings, I read massive amounts of memos, a great deal of classified information, I made a lot of secure phone calls, I was in and out of the White House all the time,” Clinton said. “There were a lot of things that happened that I was aware of and that I was reacting to.”
She added there was no computer in her State Department office.
“I did not do the vast majority of my work on email,” she said. “Most of my work was not done on emails with my closest aides, with officials in the State Department and officials in the rest of the government as well as the White House, and people around the world.”
Watch the exchange here: