Not 24 hours after Hillary Clinton wrapped up the first Democratic presidential debate, she is getting hit with questions about her private email set up and why she made the seemingly bizarre choice to trust a small firm with such sensitive, unprotected information.
Clinton couldn’t respond to KUSA’s (Denver) legitimate questions, choosing instead to respond with the same vague talking points she’s been sticking to, including phrases like “It was a mistake,” and “The State Department allowed it at the time.”
See the transcript below:
KUSA’s BRANDON RITTIMAN: “Okay. I’m not going to ask you a trustworthiness question about the e-mail issue, but I do want to ask a judgment question. You used a small Denver company called Platte River Networks to manage your private server. It appears now that data off of that server got backed up to a cloud server somewhere else without your knowledge or consent. Platte River told me if it knew, and it’s not in the business of asking, but if it knew that you were planning to send State Department-type information through this system, this is not the system that they would have set you up with. You’re the nation’s top diplomat in that role, you’ve gotta know that what you’re sending through communications is valuable to foreign intelligence, why go with this system? Did any part of you think maybe this isn’t a good idea?”
CLINTON: “Well, look, I’ve taken responsibility for what I did, and it was a mistake. The State Department allowed it at the time. And I’ve tried to be as transparent as possible. I’ll be appearing before the Congress next week and answering a lot of questions that they may have, although, now it’s clear that this whole effort was set up for political partisan purposes, not to try to get to any useful end. But I’ll be in a position to respond and the American people can listen and watch and draw their own conclusions.”
RITTIMAN: “Yeah, but to someone who thinks that might have been a foolish move, what would you say about your judgment generally?”
CLINTON: “Well, nothing i sent or received was marked classified at the time. That is an absolute fact. It’s been verified over and over and over again. So i think that we’ll have a chance to explain what that means, if people don’t understand it.”