Ninety days after announcing her candidacy for the White House, Hillary Clinton sat down for her first major media interview with CNN, and addressed the private email controversy that blew up earlier this year.
A controversy that she described as “kind of fun.”
CNN’s senior political correspondent, Brianna Keilar, asked Clinton to describe how she decided to delete 33,000 e-mails.
“Well, let’s start from the beginning, everything I did was permitted,” Clinton said. “There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.”
The Democratic presidential contender fell back on the classic excuse teenagers often employ — that everyone else was doing it — when she claimed that previous secretaries of state had also used private email accounts.
Surprisingly, Keilar followed up by asking if that included deleting emails.
“Now, I didn’t have to turn over anything,” Clinton said. “I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me.”
“And now I think it’s kind of fun,” she added. “People get a real-time, behind-the-scenes look at what I was e-mailing about, and what I was communicating about.”
Not missing her cue, Keilar quickly changed direction by referencing the frivolity of some of the topics seen in Clinton’s emails, such as “warm socks” and “working a fax machine.”
A Democratic presidential candidate never had it so good. At least not since 2012.
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