Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, whose lead for the Democratic presidential nomination is shrinking in some national polls, said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that her attorneys decided without her assistance which e-mails from the private server she used while at the State Department were business-related and would be made public.
Bill Clinton defended his wife’s handling of the ongoing email scandal, seeming to channel her frustrations in a way she could not.
“It’s like a drip, drip, drip, and that’s why I said that there’s only so much that I can control”, Clinton said, declining to assure supporters that no further questions would be raised about the accuracy of her statements about the e-mails. He reminded Clinton that months later, in 2009, she started using a private email server, and asked her if she sees that as a problem.
The Petraeus emails, first reported by the Associated Press, conflict with the account given by the Clinton campaign this year about the sequence of events surrounding her email. “Look, I think I have done all that I can to take responsibility, to be as transparent as possible in turning over 55,000 pages in turning over my server and to testify on October 22″. “I did it for convenience and it turned out not to be that at all“. Clinton pointed out, “She said she was sorry that her personal email caused all this confusion”. “We had a very thorough review process that we conducted”.
Clinton called the possibility of a using a private email server to avoid freedom of information requests or congressional subpoenas “totally ridiculous”. Todd asked. “That never crossed my mind”.
Hillary is the woman who has been in an arguably sham marriage and a cynical political union with Bill Clinton for 41 years.
“It always happens. We’re seeing history repeat itself”, her husband, who served two terms from 1992 to 2000, told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program.
[Clinton’s team went from nonchalant to nervous over e-mail controversy]. “I did not want to be looking over their shoulder”. But you know, I’m not a technical expert. “I have no control over that”. “I can only do the best I can to try to respond”.
Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly someone the Clintons wanted to bring in and spent Friday night in Washington at the White House State Dinner with China, but had a scheduling conflict that prevented him from traveling north to CGI. Clinton was on 42%, Sanders on 35% and Biden on 17%.
O’Malley on Sunday was also critical of Clinton for only recently announcing her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.
He emphasized his wife’s successes and focus on policy issues, saying, “She’s already put out more positions on more issues and said how she would pay for it than, I think, than all the other [Republicans] combined”.