Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the controversy over her private email server is "confusing" to Americans.
Asked during an interview with Iowa Public Radio Monday whether another shoe will drop, Clinton said “no, no,” then said she is trying to be transparent.
“Look, I understand why people are confused about this, it’s a very confusing issue,” Clinton said, before repeating some of her campaign’s talking points about the controversy.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Iowa State Fair escorted by former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
“I did what other secretaries of state have done,” Clinton said. “I was permitted to and used a personal email and, obviously in retrospect, given all the concerns that have been raised, it would have been probably smarter not to. But I never sent nor received any classified email, nothing marked ‘classified.’”
The FBI is investigating whether any messages sent or received from her private server were classified. The inspector general for the intelligence community deemed two emails out of a sampling, “top secret." Clinton's campaign has said nothing was classified at the time it was sent.
The Washington Post challenged the Clinton defense, referring to predecessors Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as having had very limited email use.
“I think this will all sort itself out and in a way, it’s kind of a interesting insight into how the government operates,” Clinton said. “Because if I had not asked for my emails all to be made public, none of this would have been in the public arena. But I want people to know what we did, I’m proud of the four years I was secretary of state. So I know this is all just going to work itself out as we go forward.”