Clinton still defending use of private email, despite campaign’s effort to …

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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. Asked on NBC whether it was possible that work-related emails were wrongly deleted from her personal server, she replied that the process was “exhaustive” but that she didn’t personally participate. “I didn’t look at them,” she said. “I wanted them to be as clear in their process as possible. 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. 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? Clinton was also asked about discrepancies in when she first began using her personal account, replying “there was a transition period” as she took office. “You know, I wasn’t that focused on my email account,” she said. But, the aide said, the domain was bought in January 2009, and “it appears she started using it” before it was housed on the server.

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 said voters will have to decide how important the email issue is to them.“If people are uncertain, if they have concerns around these questions about the emails, it is their choice to say, ‘That’s going to influence, you know, how I think about the election.’ I understand that, I get it,” she said. 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 in the world around me,” she said. “That’s where the Republicans are.”

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