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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the the 30th Anniversary National Conference of Emily's List in Washington on March 3, 2015.
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President Barack Obama didn’t know about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address for official business before a Monday New York Times report, the President said Saturday.

Asked by CBS News when he had learned of Clinton’s email setup, Obama replied, “The same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”

Clinton sent emails for both business and personal purposes from an address on a private server throughout the four years she was U.S. Secretary of State, the Times reported last week. She has since turned over tens of thousands of emails to be archived as public record.

The White House said Friday that all current Cabinet members now use official email addresses for business.

“The policy of my Administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived,” Obama told CBS. “I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.”

Former President Bill Clinton declined to address the issue when asked at an event in Miami, according to a TIME reporter there:


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