Kaine says Clinton has learned from her 'mistake'

Cheryl Sanders
August 8, 2016

"Were 66 percent of the American public wrong?"

"The bottom line is this: She made a mistake and she said over and over again, 'I made a mistake and I've learned from it".

In July, Comey said FBI investigators found that 113 emails from Clinton's server contained classified information that had been secret at the time it was sent or received.

The questions-and-answer session Friday at a joint meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists marked the first time she's talked about how that political problem could impact her future administration.

Clinton acknowledged that she had misspoken in two recent media interviews when she claimed that FBI Director James Comey had characterized as "truthful" all of her public statements about her use of a private email server as secretary of state. She then named several African-American friends, women in particular, and drew laughs from the audience when she described how "they've supported me, they've chastised me, they've tried to expand my musical tastes".

In fact, she said, two out of the three emails sent with some level of classified markings on them "were later explained by the State Department not to have been in any way confidential at the time that they were delivered".

Quite the contrary. Comey noted numerous times that Clinton did, in fact, lie about her private email server.

She argued that a broad victory, one that included Democrats winning control of the Senate and tightening their margin in the House, would put pressure on Republicans to come along. She says they were personal.

But Republicans in the House have asked him and the FBI to investigate.

An interview the Democratic presidential nominee did with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" has turned into the headache that won't go away, thanks to her comments about the FBI's ruling on that dreaded email server situation of hers.

Friday's event was carefully controlled, with Clinton taking just seven questions from preselected journalists.

"Now I have acknowledged repeatedly that using two email accounts was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that, but I do think having him say that my answers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation were truthful and then I should quickly add what I said was consistent with what I had said publicly, and sort of in my view, trying to tie both ends together".

Comey has described Clinton's interview with investigators looking into her email use at the State Department, taking care in testimony before Congress to say that investigators had "no basis to conclude she lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Here's what she meant to say, apparently: Comey concluded she was truthful in her private statements to federal investigators, and the account she offered the public was similar to the one she gave the FBI.

When Comey was asked during a congressional hearing about whether Clinton lied to the public, Comey begged off, saying: "That's a question I'm not qualified to answer".

SEN. TREY GOWDY, R-S.C., CHAIR, BENGHAZI COMMITTEE: Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her e-mails either sent or received. Comey replied, "That's not true", and added, "There was classified material emailed".

When asked what Trump's popularity said about racism and xenophobia in the electorate, Clinton said the bigger issue driving the Trump movement was "the real pain many Americans are feeling because the economy has left them behind".

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