In a new documentary about Clinton’s life titled Hillary that is airing on Hulu, however, the failed presidential candidate seemed to take back her apology, revealing that it had been “a mistake” and “against [her] better judgment,” according to the Washington Examiner.
An insincere apology
It was during an interview with ABC News in September of 2015 that Clinton had said of the email scandal:
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.
But in her new documentary, Clinton offered up a rather telling recollection of how that apology came to be, reversing her stance and suggesting that it was a half-hearted remark.
“‘We’ll just say what you did was a mistake. It was dumb. It’s over. And that will end it,’” Clinton recalled being told ahead of her public apology, according to the Examiner.
“I wasn’t convinced of that. But I understood the frustration of my campaign,” she continued. “So against my better judgment, I said, ‘OK, fine.’
“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,” Clinton said. “It didn’t end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended.”
She’s only sorry she got caught
Clinton’s unauthorized private email server was actually discovered by virtue of the investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. complex in Benghazi, Libya, after the State Department was unable to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests because Clinton didn’t use the official government authorized email system for her communications.
The FBI eventually opened up an investigation into the “matter,” which ran through 2016 and was apparently concluded — to the great dissatisfaction of a great many Americans — when then-FBI Director James Comey held a press conference to publicly admonish Clinton over her “careless” actions while simultaneously announcing that no criminal charges would be pursued.
Clinton, of course, has blamed both the FBI’s investigation as well as the media’s coverage of her email scandal — among countless other things — for her eventual loss to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
The only thing Clinton likely feels any remorse over is that she didn’t do a better job of keeping the private server a secret forever.
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