Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost to now-President Trump in 2016 in a big way in part to her decision to use a private server for her emails and official business during her time at the State Department.
This issue plagued her presidential campaign and undoubtedly turned voters away from trusting her with the responsibilities of the presidency.
Clinton apologized for using the server and for potentially jeopardizing its contents, but now she says she regrets it in a new Hulu documentary.
The apology, not the server.
“We’ll just say what you did was a mistake. It was dumb. It’s over. And that will end it,” Clinton said about advice she received on how to deal with the server controversy during her presidential campaign, the Washington Examiner reports.
In the documentary, she continued: “I didn’t believe that. I wasn’t convinced of that. But I understood the frustration of my campaign.”
“So against my better judgment, I said, ‘OK, fine,'” she said, deciding to publicly apologize for the use of the private server.
The apology ultimately came in 2015, when she said: “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.”
The apology was unimpactful and did not end the controversy.
“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,” Clinton continued in the Hulu documentary, per the Washington Examiner. “It didn’t end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended.”
Here’s more from the report:
The FBI conducted a criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server during the 2016 election. In July 2016, former FBI Director James Comey publicly recommended that no charges be brought against Clinton or anyone else involved with her private email network, but he admonished Clinton and her team for being “extremely careless” in handling classified information.
All this played out while Clinton was a presidential candidate, and in late October the FBI reopened the investigation only to close it again days before the Nov. 8 election maintaining the same position Comey asserted months earlier. Clinton has often cited the FBI’s handling of the emails investigation as one of the reasons why she believes she lost the contest to Trump.