John Podesta: Hillary Clinton ‘Has Taken Responsibility’ For Email ‘Mistake’

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo walk in the Memorial Day parade May 30, 2016 in Chappaqua, New York. (Photo by
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Hillary Clinton wants her email story in her rearview mirror, but thanks to a recent Inspector General report and renewed media attention to the issue, she is still trying to tamp down the idea that she broke the law.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta authored a memo to supporters reassuring them that the e-mail scandal is over.

“The Secretary has once again acknowledged this was a mistake,” Podesta writes in the memo obtained by Buzzfeed. “And she has taken responsibility for that mistake – including in many interviews she’s done since the report’s release.”

The brief memo rehashes all of the campaign talking points, insisting that the rules on email were “clarified” after Clinton left office. Podesta even reasserts the talking point that Clinton’s decision to use a private server for her emails was merely a “convenient” decision, not done out of secrecy. He writes she “would do it differently” if she could do it again.

Podesta insists “there is no evidence of a breach” of Clinton’s private emails server, even though the IG report reveals that it had been attacked by hackers.

Again, Podesta tries to push the email questions to the back of voters minds as they approach a general election campaign vs. Donald Trump.

“While we understand the questions about Secretary Clinton’s email practices, we are confident that voters will look at the full picture of everything she has done throughout her career,” Podesta concluded. “We have faith in the American people. They know we have to be focused on solutions that will make a real difference in people’s lives.”


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