While campaigning in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responds to reports about a former State Department staffer who worked on her private, now controversial, e-mail server. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton campaigned in New Hampshire on Saturday, picking up the endorsement of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, while facing questions about a former State Department staffer who worked on her private, now controversial, e-mail server. In a news conference following the campaign rally in Portsmouth, the former U.S. senator and first lady said she used personal funds to pay the State Department staffer to maintain an email server she used for both personal and government matters when she was U.S. secretary of state. "With respect to personal services that he provided to me and my family, we obviously paid for those services and did so because during a period of time, we continued to need his technical assistance, and I think that's in the public record," Clinton said. The Washington Post on Saturday cited an unidentified official for Clinton's campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination as saying the pay arrangement with Bryan Pagliano ensured taxpayer dollars were not spent on a private server that was also used by Clinton's family and aides to former President Bill Clinton. Clinton has been criticized for using the unsecured server to conduct government business when she was the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013 and for how she handled classified information. Pagliano this week declined to produce documents and testify before a House of Representatives committee about the server, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. "We have encouraged everyone to cooperate," said Clinton. Pagliano was IT director for Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and went to work for the State Department when Clinton took up the Cabinet job. According to the article released by the Washington Post, the Clintons paid Pagliano $5,000 for computer services before he joined the State Department, citing a financial disclosure form he filed in April 2009. Clinton, who was once dominant in New Hampshire, is ramping up operations in the Granite State after recent polls showed a shrinking, if not disappearing, lead. The rally with Shaheen in Portsmouth marked the launch of a new initiative called the "Women for Hillary" campaign, meant to enlist the support of more female voters. The democratic frontrunner who was recently criticized by Republican candidate Donald Trump, wasted no time in hitting back. "He recently said I don't have a clue about women's health issues. Really?" Clinton said to the enthusiastic crowd. "He said he would do a much better job for women than I would. Now that's a general election debate that's going to be a lot of fun." Clinton's "Women for HIllary" campaign will be rolled-out over the next two weeks.