Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued, “there are disputes going on, among agencies, about what shoulda, coulda, woulda, been done back four years, five, six years ago” while answering questions about her email at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday.
Hillary said, “The State Department has confirmed that I did not send, nor receive, material marked classified. This is not about me, they have also confirmed that.” And “I think there are disputes going on, among agencies, about what shoulda, coulda, woulda, been done back four years, five, six years ago. That is something for them to work out. I am repeating the facts, and the facts are, I did not send, nor did I receive, material marked classified.”
Earlier she stated, “I’ve said, in the past, that I used a single account for convenience. Obviously, these years later, it doesn’t look so convenient, but the facts are the same as they have been from the very beginning of these questions being raised. And most importantly, I never sent classified material on my email, and I never received any that was marked classified. So, I’m going to let whatever this inquiry is go forward, and we’ll await the outcome of it. The State Department has confirmed what I just said to you. But I do think that, if you look at the Republicans in Congress, the ones running for president, there is an unfortunate tendency to try to make partisan, a tragedy in Benghazi, which I just fundamentally disagree with. I don’t think it’s right, and I will not participate it. So, we’ll see how this all plays out. But it’s not anything that people talk to me about as a travel around the country. It is never raised in my town halls. It is never raised in my other meetings with people. I think what people are interested in is, what Senator Harkin just said, who’s going get the economy moving to create more good-paying jobs. Who’s going to get the cost of college down, and refinance people’s student debt. Who’s going to open up the workforce to women, to people with disabilities so that they can make their contribution, and be treated fairly, and so much more. And that’s what I talk about on the campaign trail.”
Hillary was then asked if she’s concerned the issue will impact her general election viability. She answered that she isn’t, and “this is the usual partisanization…of anything that goes on. And I’ve been at this for a really long time. And I think people in Iowa, just like people across the country, are going to want to vote for somebody that they believe will deliver results for them. And I think I’ve got a very strong case to make on that, as Tom just said.”
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