Hillary Clinton on Private Email: ‘That Was a Mistake. I’m Sorry’

Daily News Article - September 10, 2015


1. What did Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton say she was sorry for in an interview on ABC Tuesday?

2. What explanation/excuse did former Secretary of State Clinton give for her choice to conduct her communications as Secretary of State from a private email server set up in her home in Chappaqua NY?

3. Why is the use of this private server by the Secretary of State concerning?

4. What is the role of the Secretary of State?

5. Read the “Background” below about the Secretary of State and what Secretary Clinton was required to do with her official communications. Watch the videos under “Resources.”
Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account on a personal server to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

a) What questions do you have about Secretary Clinton’s statement that she did not send or receive information marked as classified?

b) Do you think Secretary Clinton’s explanation that she believed her communications were being preserved in the government email accounts of government employees she communicated with is a plausible explanation?

6. a) Ask a parent or other adult relative who is a Democrat: Should voters trust Hillary Clinton? Explain your answer.
b) Do you agree with his/her explanation? Why or why not?