THE HILL — Supporters of Hillary Clinton are bemoaning “another headache” when it comes to her private email server, with a newfound email indicating she took pains to ensure the privacy of her personal messages while serving as secretary of State.
The November 2010 email, which Clinton neglected to turn over to the State Department and The Associated Press first reported, indicates that her emails were at one point being blocked by a spam filter at the department.
Clinton’s emails were then being routed through a server at her home in New York, and Huma Abedin, a top aide, suggested the then-secretary get an official department email address. Clinton responded by saying, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”
The statement is one of the most direct by Clinton about why she set up the private server.
“If Donald Trump didn’t have some major problems right now, I’d be worried,” one Clinton ally said. “It basically sums up that she was aware of what was happening. It’s yet another headache for us.”
The steady drip of new information about the emails has provided an easy line of attack for Trump, who has taken to calling the Democrat “Crooked Hillary” as their focus moves to the November presidential election.
One former senior aide to President Obama who supports Clinton said the continuous email story “gives Trump something he can hammer her on it’s something that the Republican base can actually rally behind.”
“It adds fuel to the fire,” the supporter said. “Anytime there’s another drip, voters are distracted from whatever dumb thing Trump is saying so it’s not helpful. The more things that come out, the more it highlights the larger trust problem.”
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