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Sen. Portman: Hillary's Explanation Isn't Good Enough

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 05:32 PM

Hillary Clinton's explanation as to why she used a private email account and server for government business as secretary of state is not "sustainable" — and she should turn everything over for review, Sen. Rob Portman tells Newsmax TV.

Clinton, the presumed Democratic pick for the 2016 presidential race, addressed the exploding email controversy at a press conference Tuesday, saying she would have done things differently in retrospect.

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Speaking to reporters at the United Nations, Clinton conceded she should have used government email and admitted destroying tens of thousands of emails in her private account that she said were personal. But, she added, she had not violated federal law or the rules of the Obama administration.

It's an explanation that's just not good enough and begs a closer look, according to Portman, an Ohio Republican, and member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committee and Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

"I don't think that's sustainable. I've even heard Democrats say she should turn over all the emails and you heard [California Sen.] Dianne Feinstein … indicating that she should come clean and allow the objective review of these emails," Portman said.

"That's fair … At a minimum there ought to be an objective third party that takes a look at these emails and determines which ones are appropriate to be archived in her role as secretary of state."

Asked by Steve Malzberg if Clinton should turn over her private server, which she used from her home in Chappaqua, New York, Portman said:

"That's the logical way to do it because that way we will know where the emails are. If it's … any kind of selection process that her foundation or she or someone else determines, then I don't think it will be viewed as fair."

Portman is one of 47 Republican senators who sent a letter to Iranian government officials warning them that any nuclear limitations deal they ink with Obama may be short-lived and eventually quashed by Congress.

During her press conference, Clinton criticized Portman's GOP colleagues for sending the letter.

But Portman said because Iran has not budged in the ongoing negotiations, it's important to have Congress weigh in and encourage a better agreement.

"That's why this letter is important. It's also why some of the legislation that we're proposing is important, because it allows for the Iranians and the administration to know that the Congress is watching and expects a good agreement," he said.

"There is a deep concern about the negotiations for a very simple reason. We do not believe that having Iran get a nuclear weapon can be acceptable.

"[That is] partly because they are a country that continues to believe that Israel should be pushed into the sea, doesn't believe in its existence, thinks that it's their right to be able to conduct all kinds of activities that are currently affecting Israel, whether it's supporting Hamas or Hezbollah or others."

He also told Malzberg that Iran, as a "state sponsor of terrorism," should know that "Congress is watching."

"It was about saying that if it's not a good agreement, then the Congress … will not approve it, and if the president does not take it to us for approval then it doesn't have the same force that it would if it were an approved agreement by the United States Congress," Portman said.

"Congress exclusively has the ability to turn off or turn on sanctions."

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