During the Democratic presidential debate on March 9, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed the scenario that she will be indicted over her use of a private email server while heading the State Department (video below).
Both Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont argued their case for the Democratic nomination during the debate hosted jointly by Univision and The Washington Post.
While the bulk of the questions regarded pressing issues for Latino Americans, moderator Jorge Ramos did ask Clinton about her private email server, Yahoo Politics reports.
Ramos disclosed that his daughter works for the Clinton campaign before launching into a direct confrontation with Clinton about her email scandal.
The moderator asked if President Barack Obama gave Clinton direct permission to use a private server and “would you resign if you are indicted?”
Of the emails on the server, 104 personally written emails have been retroactively deemed classified. Clinton stressed that they were not classified when she first sent them through her server.
The former first lady had addressed her email scandal during a March 6 appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” She argued that retroactively classifying an official’s emails was absurd.
“This really raises serious questions about this whole process,” Clinton said. “So I’m hoping that, you know, we’ll get through this and then everybody can take a hard look at the inter-agency disputes and the arguments over retroactive classification.”
Clinton added that she has cooperated with the investigation and does not have anything to hide.
“Remember, I’m the one who asked that all my emails be made public,” Clinton said. "I’ve been more transparent than anybody I can think of in public life.”
Clinton basically repeated this stance during the Univision debate, citing former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who also complained about having files retroactively classified.
Ramos did not let the topic go, asking again “if you get indicted, would you drop out?”
“Oh for goodness sake,” an exasperated Clinton said. “It’s not going to happen. I’m not even answering that question.”
The audience went wild.
The private server will likely remain a persistent issue for Clinton’s campaign. GOP lawmakers have filed suits to access to the records of Clinton’s emails and texts during her service as secretary of state.
On March 9, Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the investigation into Clinton’s of a private server. She insisted that the investigation was being carried out fairly and thoroughly, reports the Boston Herald.
“The consistency with which the department handles the ongoing matters, whether they involve someone with a famous last name or not, is something that we take very seriously,” Lynch said.