CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton Tuesday afternoon on what steps she was taking to convince the American public of her trustworthiness.
The call-in interview occurred following the release of a report from the State Department Inspector General last week investigating her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
Tapper quoted a USA Today editorial published Tuesday, which said Clinton’s use of a personal email account posed “a threat to national security, one that she repeatedly ignored despite multiple warnings..”
Tapper asked Clinton if she considered it a challenge to demonstrate to voters that she could put national security above her own short-term self-interest.
“Well I think that is obvious. I always have,” Clinton said haltingly. “And the report — just to go back to the actual report — makes it clear that personal email use was the practice under other Secretaries of State and that the rules that they are now referencing were not clarified until after I had left.
“But look, I’ve said many times, it was still a mistake,” she continued. “And if I could go back, I would do it differently. And I understand people may have concerns about this. But I hope voters will get the full picture of everything I’ve done in my career and the full threat posed by a DT presidency. And if they do, I have faith in the American people that they will make the right choice here.”
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