Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday apologized for using a private email server for the official communication while she was Secretary of State.
Up until now, Clinton refused to apologize for the use of a private email, but after a lot of pressure she said that she has made a mistake while making a guest appearance on ABC News. She added that she should have used the government email for all of her State Department business, even though she was allowed to use a private email.
Clinton has been using a private email server located in her New York home, which is currently being investigated by the FBI whether there has been any exposure of classified material. She has released more than 30,000 emails from her tenure as America’s top diplomat to the State Department for investigation, in an attempt to be fully transparent and prove that there was no wrong-doing. A court order released the email content to the public, with heavily redacted pages of content that has become classified after her tenure at the State Department.
According to Reuters, she stated “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility. What I had done was allowed, it was above board. 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.” She also added that she should have answered every question regarding her email practice earlier on and that she is sure that the public has more questions, which she would be glad to answer.
This announcement comes months after public pressure of explaining whether her practice was allowed or not and whether she has violated any State Department rules. She has reiterated that everything she did was authorized and that no rules were broken. Everyone in the government was aware that she has been using a private email for day-to-day business. However, Republican Presidential candidates have taken a shot at her for not being trustworthy and sidestepping transparency and accountability rules. They even blamed her for putting classified information in danger and that she should not be trusted with the Presidency, since she can endanger the national security.
She, as well as the State Department, claimed that no emails containing classified information at the time were sent using her private email account. The State Department has created temporary jobs for 50 people to help the declassification of the emails. Secretary of State John Kerry also said that he would name Ambassador Janice Jacobs as the State Department’s “transparency coordinator”.
The frontrunner for the Democrat nomination for 2016 Elections has faced a drip in poll percentage, because of people not trusting her enough. However, she is still far ahead in front of her main rival U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The email scandal first surfaced in March of this year, short time before she announced her campaign for the White House.