Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted she was allowed to use a private email server, but did not have a clear answer when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked, “Who allowed it?”
She instead responded in the passive voice.
“It was allowed under the rules of the State Department,” Clinton responded.
Tapper followed, “So nobody signed off on it?”
Clinton answered: “No, it was allowed.”
“One of my predecessors did the same thing,” the Democratic presidential candidate continued. “Others in our government have done the same thing at very high levels because the rules did change after I left state department. But at the time and in prior years the rules allowed it.”
The FBI is investigating whether classified information was mishandled on Clinton’s private email server.
Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short called this a “stunning admission” by Clinton.
“State Department rules, a federal judge, and the Obama Administration’s own guidelines have all made clear what she did was not allowed,” Short said in a statement. “While Hillary Clinton may think she can mislead and laugh off tough questions about her judgment, her growing email scandal personifies why an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t trust her.”