When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was found to have a secret email server in her house, she apologized.
“As I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I shouldn’t have used two accounts. That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility,” she told ABC News in September 2015.
But now she wants everyone to know that she’s not sorry anymore.
In the new Hulu documentary titled “Hillary,” released on Friday, Clinton said she regrets offering the apology, saying campaign advisers told her to issue the statement.
“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 said. “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 added. “It didn’t end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended.”
House investigators probing the death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in a terrorist attack in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, uncovered the secret server. Clinton and her closest staff all used the server for their email, and FBI investigators later found that hundreds of classified emails had been moved to the server.
Then it turned out that Clinton had deleted some 30,000 emails, going so far as to destroy the hard drives that stored them.
Clinton faced pressure in 2015 to explain why she broke government rules by using an unsecured server for official government business, prompting her to apologize.
Then, in 2016, just weeks before the presidential election, then-FBI Director James Comey announced an investigation into more potentially mishandled emails, this time over a computer owned by disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, husband of Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin. Abedin used the laptop to send thousands of emails to Clinton, according to NBC News.
Just two days before the election, Comey cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing.
During his earlier probe into the secret server, Comey criticized Clinton. “None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail,” he wrote.
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said.
In her book, “What Happened,” following her humiliating election loss to President Trump, Clinton took responsibility for the email scandal. “I own that,” she wrote, but added: “The further we get from the election, the stranger it seems that this controversy could swing a national election with such monumental consequences.”