• Hillary: Why I’m Not Sorry Clinton

    Embattled Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Monday she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because “what I did was allowed.”

    What was allowed, exactly?

    “What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that,” Clinton said in an interview with The Associated Press during a Labor Day campaign swing through Iowa. “I did not send or receive any information marked ‘classified. I take the responsibilities of handling classified materials very seriously and did so.”

    Despite Clinton’s claims, the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency “concluded Monday that at least two of the emails Clinton received on her personal email account while secretary of State were ‘Top Secret,’ the highest classification of government intelligence, when they were sent to Mrs. Clinton in 2009 and 2011.”

    She also contended that the ongoing probe about her email practices while serving as President Obama’s first secretary of State have not damaged her campaign.

    “Not at all. It’s a distraction, certainly,” Clinton said. “But it hasn’t in any way affected the plan for our campaign, the efforts we’re making to organize here in Iowa and elsewhere in the country. And I still feel very confident about the organization and the message that my campaign is putting out.”

    She minimized how the email debacle has affected her personally as a candidate.

    “As the person who has been at the center of it, not very much,” Clinton said. “I have worked really hard this summer, sticking to my game plan about how I wanted to sort of reintroduce myself to the American people.”

    Oh, yes. We have now been re-introduced.

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