U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Quad City Federation of Labor’s Salute to Labor Chicken Fry in Hampton, Illinois September 7, 2015.
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U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the first time apologized on Tuesday for using a private email server at her New York home for her official communications as secretary of state.”That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility,” Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential election, said in an interview with ABC News, while still insisting that she violated no rules.”What I had done was allowed, it was above board,” she said. “But in retrospect, as I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails.” In two earlier interviews in the past week, Clinton had declined to apologize for the controversial email arrangement while working as the nation’s top diplomat, saying it wasallowed by the State Department.Clinton has been forced to defend herself against growing public scrutiny of how she handled sensitive government information since the email arrangement first came to light in March.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now examining the email server to see whether any information, including classified information, was mishandled.
In addition to persistent criticism from opponents and media questions, the State Department’s court-ordered monthly releases of the more than 30,000 emails in question has kept the issue in the public eye, roiling Clinton’s efforts to nail down the nomination.Recent polls have found more than half of all voters say she is untrustworthy.VEXING QUESTION
On Tuesday, U.S. officials said the State Department plans to move about 50 workers into temporary jobs to bolster the office sifting through her emails and grappling with a vast backlog of other requests for information to be declassified.The move illustrates the huge administrative burden caused by Clinton’s decision to use a private email address as secretary of state and a judge’s ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that they be released.Separately, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he was naming Ambassador Janice Jacobs to serve as the State Department’s “transparency coordinator” to help the agencyrespond to FOIA and congressional requests more efficiently.
One particularly vexing question for Clinton has been whether she may have handled …Read More