Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers media questions after keynoting a Women's Empowerment Event at the United Nations on March 10, 2015 in New York City.
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Party lines drawn over Hillary Clinton’s private email account

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Criticisms over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while serving as Secretary of State has sparked conflict on the Capitol Hill between Clinton’s strongest supporters and many opponents within the House Benghazi committee seeking to find fault in her actions on the night of September 11, 2012.

Andrea Mitchell Reports, 3/11/15, 12:24 PM ET

Critics hit back at Clinton’s email defense

Andrea Mitchell talks with Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, about Hillary Clinton’s defense of her decision to delete thousands of emails she determined to be personal while serving as Secretary of State.
Members of the Benghazi committee are demanding the public release of her email server, and feel it is this is relevant to finding questionable information that has not been answered on the night the attacks in Benghazi took place. “We want to make sure we get access to every email that has any facts relevant to our investigation,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, told Andrea Mitchell on msnbc Wednesday.

But Clinton, who is widely expected to make a formal decision on whether she’ll run for president in 2016, has also drawn support from the left, with many Democrats saying Clinton’s use of a private email account do not signal poor leadership.

“Here is the deal: either you are going to listen to her or not,” Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said on Andrea Mitchell Reports Wednesday. ”If you don’t believe her, then don’t vote for her. People will go after Hillary Clinton for a number of reasons, usually quite partisan.

She concluded, “I am ready for Hillary. I am.”

But could Clinton’s privacy become too large of an issue heading into a possible presidential campaign? Msnbc’s Rachel Maddow pointed out Wednesday that the former secretary of state’s relationship with the press could be a challenge. “There’s a real question as to whether or not Hillary Clinton gets vetted effectively and fairly [as a Democratic candidate in 2016,” Maddow said.

Andrea Mitchell Reports, 3/11/15, 12:41 PM ET

Privacy a 'decades long issue' for Hillary Clinton

Andrea Mitchell and msnbc’s Rachel Maddow discuss the fallout from Hillary Clinton’s press conference in which she addressed her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

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Party lines drawn over Hillary Clinton's private email account

Updated