Hillary Clinton expressed regret in a documentary about her released Friday for ever having apologized for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
In Hulu’s “Hillary,” Clinton said her 2016 Democratic presidential campaign staffers convinced her to issue the apology. But Clinton admitted she never meant what she said and, in retrospect, she regretted making the concession.
“We’ll just say what you did was a mistake. It was dumb. It’s over. And that will end it,” Clinton recalled. “I wasn’t convinced of that. But I understood the frustration of my campaign.”
“So against my better judgment, I said, ‘OK, fine,’” she continued. “It turned out to be a mistake because look at all the oxygen it was sucking out of my campaign. But it didn’t end it. It didn’t end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended.”
In September 2015, after a series of interviews on the subject, Clinton said on ABC News that she was “sorry” for sending and receiving classified information on her private email server.
“As I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility,” she said.
Clinton sorry, not sorry for mishandling her emails
However, in the documentary, Clinton suggested she had done nothing wrong. She described herself as the “most investigated innocent person in America.”
“I did it as a matter of convenience. There was no regulation against it, there was nothing against it,” she said. “Everybody knew I was doing it because they were all emailing me and I was emailing them and that was hundreds and hundreds of people in government.”
Clinton also described the multiple congressional investigations into her conduct as “character” attacks.
While Clinton argued her subordinates did not object to her use of a personal email server, a former State Department official testified last year in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that he had raised concerns about it.
Last Monday, the federal judge in the case ordered Clinton to appear for the first time for a deposition about her use of a private email server and handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack as secretary of state.
Mike Pompeo fires back
In an appearance Friday on Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected Clinton’s claim that there was no regulation against her use of a private email server.
“No, having a private email server and keeping your government records on that is completely unlawful,” Pompeo said on “Fox & Friends.”
“She has been investigated a lot, I think there might be a reason for that,” Pompeo added. “We have an obligation, as senior leaders in the United States government, that our records are protected and available through [the Freedom of Information Act] and all the other mechanisms.”
“It’s a bad idea,” Pompeo said regarding the destruction of records. “Not a model that I recommend to any leader anywhere.”