“I’m sorry about that,” Clinton said of the controversy that has severely affected her campaign. She further admitted that separate accounts should have been used for her work and personal business. “I take responsibility and I am trying to be as transparent as I possibly can.”
She said she was “sorry that it has raised all these questions.”
On Monday, Clinton had said in an interview with the Associated Press that there was no need for her to apologize as “what I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that. I did not send or receive any information marked classified. I take the responsibilities of handling classified materials very seriously and did so.”
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She once again defended her use of a private account Tuesday on ABC, reemphasizing that the Obama administration and the White House were aware of her practice. She said she did not send information that was flagged classified.
However, investigators are working to determine whether her private account was used to transfer classified information. Some of Clinton’s aides have been approached and asked about the email system by a congressional committee that is investigating the way the State Department under Clinton dealt with the 2012 attacks at a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as reported by NBC News.
The former secretary of state became emotional at one point during the interview, when talking about her late mother and the arduousness of campaigning “24/7.”
“It’s something that just demands everything — physically, emotionally, spiritually,” she said. “I can have a perfectly fine life not being president.”
She also spoke highly of her main rival, Vice President Joe Biden.
“I think he could be a good president, there’s no doubt about that,” she said.
Despite polls suggesting that more people are seeing Clinton has untrustworthy, she is well ahead in the race and has surpassed her challengers, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Biden. She has also received support from several Democratic members of Congress, governors and elected officials.
According to CNN, David Axelrod, a former top campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, said, “Her answers have evolved over time and have prolonged this story. She’s trying to bring this thing to an end so she can be heard on other subjects, but she needs a consistent answer.”
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