'It Was Allowed': Clinton Continues To Defend Her Use Of Personal Email Account

| by Sean Kelly

In an interview on Monday with the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton declined to apologize for her use of a personal email account to conduct government business when she was Secretary of State -- a scandal which has plagued her for the last few months.

During the interview, Clinton said that no apology was needed regarding her use a personal email server, since her actions were allowed by the State Department.

Clinton added that despite the controversy, her campaign has not been damaged.

“Not at all. It's a distraction, certainly,” she said. “But it hasn't in any way affected the plan for our campaign, the efforts we're making to organize here in Iowa and elsewhere in the country. And I still feel very confident about the organization and the message that my campaign is putting out."

The former Secretary of State has continually insisted that she did nothing wrong, standing by her use of the personal account and saying that what she did “was allowed" --  a sentiment that was recently backed up for a spokesperson for the State Department.

Clinton also maintained that the scandal has not affected her personally as a candidate, despite polls showing that many find her untrustworthy.

“As the person who has been at the center of it, not very much,” Clinton said of the effect that scandal has had on her campaign. “I have worked really hard this summer, sticking to my gameplan about how I wanted to sort of reintroduce myself to the American people.”

When asked by NBC whether or not she was sorry for using the personal email account for government business, Clinton stood by her actions.

“What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that,” she said.

“I did not send or receive any information marked classified,” she said. “I take the responsibilities of handling classified materials very seriously and did so.”

Sources: ABC News, The Guardian

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