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Sorry, not sorry: Hillary Clinton retracts apology for using private email server, breaking gov't rules

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'It turned out to be a mistake...'

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is no longer sorry that she used a private email server during her tenure at the State Department.

As pressure mounted on Clinton in late 2015 to explain why she broke government protocol and used an unsecured server for official government business, Clinton apologized for using the private email server in hopes she could assuage critics and quell the ensuing scandal.

"As I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility," she told ABC News in Sept. 2015.

However, Clinton now admits she regrets offering the apology.

In a new Hulu documentary about her life that released Friday, Clinton said she regrets the apology because it failed to quiet critics and hurt her 2016 presidential campaign.

"We'll just say what you did was a mistake. It was dumb. It's over. And that will end it. I wasn't convinced of that. But I understood the frustration of my campaign," Clinton explained. "So against my better judgment, I said, 'OK, fine.'"

"It turned out to be a mistake because look at all the oxygen it was sucking out of my campaign. But it didn't end it," she continued. "It didn't end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended."

Despite the subsequent discovery of classified documents on Clinton's server, then-FBI Director James Comey announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charging Clinton for breaking government rules by using the private server. Instead, he merely chided her as "extremely careless."

However, the scandal has not died completely.

Just this week, a federal judge ordered Clinton to answer under oath whether she used the private email server to circumvent Freedom of Information Act requests.

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