Hillary Clinton completely downplayed the significance of the controversy surrounding her private e-mail server during a panel discussion at the Code Conference in California on Wednesday.
“The use of my e-mail account was turned into, you know, the biggest scandal since Lord knows when,” Clinton said. “And, you know, in the book, I’m just using everything that anybody else said about it besides me to basically say this was the biggest nothing-burger ever.”
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee added, “It was a mistake. I’ve said it was a mistake. And obviously, if I could turn the clock back, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging.”
The executive producer of the conference, Kara Swisher of Recode, wondered, “And you didn’t handle it — that’s a mistake on your part, or the way it was used was a mistake on your — because we’re trying to get at what you think you misjudged?”
Clinton answered by regurgitating one of her consistent talking points about the issue.
“Doing something that others had done before was no longer acceptable in the new environment in which we found ourselves,” Clinton asserted. “And there was no law against it; there was no rule — nothing of that sort. So, I didn’t break any rule. Nobody said, don’t do this; and I was very responsible and not at all careless.”
The former secretary of state later likened the New York Times‘ coverage of the e-mail scandal to how they have might covered the U.S.’s entry into World War II.
“And I think it was interesting — I know you had Dean Baquet here from the New York Times yesterday. And they covered it like it was Pearl Harbor. And then, in their endorsement of me, they said, this e-mail thing — it’s like a help desk issue. So, it was always a hard issue to put to bed; but we put it to bed in July. And then, it rose up again.”
You can watch Mrs. Clinton’s full remarks above, via MSNBC.
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