Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she is “sorry” for using a private email server, going further than ever before to express remorse for the controversy that has rocked her campaign.
“I’m sorry about that,” Clinton said in an at-times emotional interview on ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir,” acknowledging that she should have used separate accounts for work and personal business. “I take responsibility and I am trying to be as transparent as I possibly can.”
Clinton later issued a slightly different apology in the interview, saying she was “sorry that it has raised all these questions.”
The former first lady also posted a personal apology on Facebook Tuesday night, saying, “I wanted you to hear this directly from me: Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I’m sorry about it, and I take full responsibility.”
She also added, “I know this is a complex story. I could have — and should have — done a better job answering questions earlier. I’m grateful for your support, and I’m not taking anything for granted.”
It’s part of a full-court press by Clinton to move past the problematic issue that’s sent her poll numbers tumbling, and seemingly opened the door to a credible challenge by rival Bernie Sanders, and perhaps Vice President Joe Biden.
Though Clinton has taken responsibility for her exclusive use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, she told The Associated Press on Monday in Iowa that she doesn’t need to apologize for her nagging email controversy because “what I did was allowed.”
Clinton defended her practices again on ABC, saying that everyone she emailed in the White House and Obama administration knew she used a private account. She also disputed that she ever traded information over email that was marked classified at the time.
Source – CNN