Hillary Clinton gave her first apology for using a private email server while secretary of state, as she says it is a “mistake” in an interview that aired Tuesday.
“Even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails,” she told ABC News. ”That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”
Clinton apologized after telling the Associated Press she did not need to apologize for her actions because “what I did was allowed.” She earlier had said she was sorry only for the confusion caused by the issue, according to Fox News.
Clinton gave in 55,000 pages of work-related emails last year, while the FBI has also taken possession of the server after Clinton resisted giving up until last month, according to Fox News.
“As you might guess I’ve been around a while, lots of attacks, questions raised. I can survive it because I’m running to be president, to do what the country needs done,” Clinton told ABC. “I believe the American people will respond to that.”
RNC National Press Secretary Allison Moore stated:
“The only thing Hillary Clinton regrets is that she got caught and is dropping in the polls, not the fact her secret email server left classified information exposed to the Russians and Chinese. Hillary Clinton’s reckless attempt to skirt government transparency laws put our national security at risk and shows she cannot be trusted in the White House.”
Clinton became emotional after she was asked about her mother’s influence on her campaign.
“She told me every day, you got to get up and fight for what you believe in no matter how hard it is,” said Clinton. “And I don’t want to just fight for me. I mean I can have a perfectly fine life not being a president. I want to fight for all the people like my mother who cares who needs somebody in their corner.”