In an interview with ABC News’s David Muir, Hillary Clinton apologized for using a private email for her work emails. This comes a day after Clinton had told the Associated Press that she would not apologize because everything she did was on the up-and-up.
She told Muir, “But in retrospect, as I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails. That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”
The email issue has been one of the toughest for the Clinton campaign, especially as it resurfaces every few months with the release of more emails. Her campaign has largely stuck to the strategy of saying that everything she did was alright and saying that the reaction is overblown. However, the story has continued to play out and fed into a narrative that Clinton is secretive and untrustworthy. Numerous polls have shown that Americans do not find the former Secretary of State trustworthy which some attribute to the email story.
When the issue first erupted, Clinton defended the practice and said that she did so out of “convenience.”
Also at play is Clinton’s use of a private email server. The server was based in her home in Chappaqua, New York, and used with her email account. Due to her using one account, work emails came through on her server. Some have questioned the use of the private server because it was possible that Clinton could receive classified emails and a private server would be much more susceptible to hacking. The Clinton campaign has said that she did not send or receive classified emails, however intelligence reviews have deemed at least two of the emails classified.