Bill Clinton blames Republicans, media for extending wife Hillary’s email …

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Bill Clinton blames Republicans, media for extending wife Hillary’s email controversy.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has apologized, tried being friendlier and several other tactics to jump-start her campaign but was forced again Sunday to devote free TV time to defending her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Clinton told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that her lawyers and IT people set up the private network and decided which emails were official and needed to be turned over to the State Department. But she said she hoped voters would look past what she called the “drip, drip, drip” of the furor over her emails. “There was a transition period. And it was, it seemed to be at the time, endless,” she said. “When I ran for the Senate, people said, ‘Hey, we are more concerned about what you’re going to do for us.’ And I trust the voters to make that decision this time around, too.” In a separate interview with CNN released on Saturday, former President Bill Clinton also equated the current investigations being conducted by congressional Republicans and federal agencies with questions faced by his administration. “This is just something that has been a regular feature of all our presidential campaigns, except in 2008 for unique reasons,” Clinton said. “Ever since Watergate, something like this happens.” He added: “We’re seeing history repeat itself.” Earlier this week, newly discovered email correspondence between Clinton and retired Gen. However, she expressed frustration Sunday with the slow process and compared the multiple investigations to Republican-led probes into her husband’s administration more than two decades ago. “It is like a drip, drip, drip,” she told NBC. “And that’s why I said, there’s only so much that I can control.

And if they do, they’d like her as mangled up as possible.” Clinton maintains that she didn’t break any rules or laws by using the private system, including those on sending and receiving confidential emails. Clinton likened the inquiries into her correspondence to controversies like the Whitewater land deal that trailed her husband’s campaign and much of his administration, saying that voters in New York elected her to the Senate despite years of political questions. “During the `90s, I was subjected to the same kind of barrage. Saying the furor was more politics than substance, Clinton argued that his wife has been open in answering questions and will bounce back from a decline in the polls. “She said she was sorry that her personal email caused all this confusion,” he said. “And she’d like to give the election back to the American people. I think it will be all right.” “You know, at the beginning of the year, she was the most admired person in public life,” he said. “What happened? She said the clintonemail.com server had existed in the basement of her family’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for years when she added her account. “It apparently took a little time to do that.

And so there was about a month where I didn’t have everything already on the server and we went back, tried to, you know, recover whatever we could recover,” she said. “And I think it’s also fair to say that, you know, there are some things about this that I just can’t control.” The issue of whether Mrs. Clinton has been forthcoming about when she began using the personal account – hdr22@clintonemail.com – is only the latest email-related question to beset her presidential campaign, distracting from her policy positions and message. Clinton, and a political press corps that he said was uninterested in the substance of her policies. “I love my husband and, you know, he does get upset when I am attacked,” she said. “Of course, I take responsibility. I can’t control that.” “If people are uncertain, if they have concerns about these questions around the emails, it is their choice to say that’s going to influence how I think about the election. Clinton had perhaps used a private server because she planned to run for president in 2016 and wanted to shield her correspondence from any potential congressional investigations or Freedom of Information Act requests.

Clinton is misleading the American public. “She continues to perpetuate falsehoods about being transparent when the server itself was an exercise in skirting public records laws,” he said in a statement. Clinton also addressed her changed positions on three high-profile issues: legality of same-sex marriage, which she now supports, and building the Keystone XL pipeline and the Iraq war, both of which she now opposes. On Keystone, for instance, she said that people now know more about the “dirtiness” of the oil being extracted from the Canadian tar sands, which would be transported by the new pipeline if built. “I’m not one who stakes out a position and holds it regardless of the evidence or regardless of the way I perceive what’s happening around me,” she said. “That’s how the Republicans are.” Clinton repeatedly said she handed over all work-related emails and was not involved in her lawyers’ decisions about which emails met that definition. “I didn’t want to be looking over their shoulder. And I know I was a little sarcastic about it in one exchange with the press,” she said, alluding to an exchange last month with a Fox News reporter about whether her server had been wiped clean. “Sorry guys, but you know, I’m not a technical expert.” At one point, Mr.

Asked whether Democratic primary voters had increasingly gravitated to Senator Bernie Sanders because of his long-time adherence to liberal policies, even when they were unpopular, Mrs.

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