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Congressman And 2008 Clinton Campaign State Chair: "Clearly Better" If Hillary Had Used State Email Address

"I think it would have been better, clearly for her to use the government server for government emails and the personal for personal."

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Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin, who served as the state chairman for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, declined to defend her use of a personal email server when asked about it in a local news interview.

Langevin was speaking with WPRI when he said it clearly would have been better for Clinton to use a government server.

"I don't know the level of security on her personal server," Langevin said, adding he thought it might have been secure.

"I'm not gonna defend the use," he added. "I think it would have been better, clearly for her to use the government server for government emails and the personal for personal."

Langevin was her Rhode Island state chairman in 2008 and a special adviser to Clinton during her failed 2008 run for president. He said earlier in the interview that he had spoken with the Clinton campaign and was advising them on issues for the current campaign.

Clinton herself acknowledged "it would have been better" had she used separate work and personal email accounts during her tenure as secretary of state.

Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in December of 2014 at the department's request. Clinton's office decided which emails were official records and which were personal in nature and turned over the official ones for preservation. Clinton's personal server was then wiped clean, her lawyer told the Benghazi Committee.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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