A longtime adviser to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE told lawyers for a conservative group this week that the former secretary of State’s excusive use of a private email address at times made it impossible for her to do her job.
On more than one occasion, Clinton’s email setup got in the way of her conducting government business, Huma Abedin said during a deposition about the arrangement on Tuesday, according to a transcript released on Wednesday.
“I remember there being instances where we had, you know, communications issues,” she said during the six-hour deposition with Judicial Watch.
“She wasn't able to do her job, do what she needed to do.”
At one point in 2010, Clinton missed a phone call with a foreign diplomat, because an email confirming the call appeared to have gone into Abedin’s spam folder.
The situation, Abedin said, upset both her and Clinton.
“She seems frustrated because she's not able to do her job,” Abedin testified. “I seem frustrated back because I'm not — I couldn't define to you exactly what that meant.”
In a 2010 email about the incident, Abedin told Clinton via email that they should “talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam."
But Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, at the time dismissed the suggestion.
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” she wrote.
Despite the concern, no one suggested to Abedin that Clinton abandon the personal account and move to a State.gov email address, she said.
“I don't recall any response other than once the system was back up and running, that it was — we just proceeded with business the way it was before,” Abedin said this week.
Details of Abedin’s response were first reported by Bloomberg, before the transcript was released on Wednesday afternoon.
During her deposition on Tuesday, Abedin told Judicial Watch lawyers that by “the personal,” Clinton was referring to nonofficial email messages unrelated to her duties on the job.
“I understand this to her not wanting her private — her private personal e-mails being accessible,” she said.
“I would imagine anybody who has personal e-mail doesn't want that personal e-mail to be read by anybody else.”
The messages about the 2010 incident, which were not included in the roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton gave to the State Department for safekeeping, have added to the headache for Clinton, whose presidential campaign has been struggling to shrug off concerns about the email system.
Abedin sat for the interview on Tuesday as part of one of multiple Judicial Watch lawsuits accusing the State Department of thwarting federal transparency laws by failing to uncover all of Clinton’s messages as secretary.
This story was updated at 3:31 p.m.