Clinton on Classified Emails: 'I Relied On...the Judgments of the Professionals With Whom I Worked'

By Susan Jones | August 1, 2016 | 7:00am EDT
Hillary Clinton celebrates her presidential nomination at the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP File Photo)

( - Democrat Hillary Clinton on Sunday stood by her repeated claims that she did not email classified information while using a private email server as Secretary of  State. In fact, on Sunday, she appeared to blame the "judgments of the professionals with whom I worked."

"I take classification seriously," Clinton told "Fox News Sunday."

"I relied on and had every reason to rely on the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked. And so, in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, well, among those 300 people, they made the wrong call.

"At the time, there was no reason in my view to doubt the professionalism and the determination by the people who work every single day on behalf of our country."

Host Chris Wallace played three video clips of Clinton telling the American people she never sent or received emails containing information that was classified at the time.

"After a long investigation, FBI Director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true," Wallace told her.

"Chris, that's not what I heard Director Comey say," Clinton responded.  "Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails.

"I was communicating with over 300 people in my e-mailing. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe that what they were sending was classified.

"Now, in retrospect, different agencies come in and say, well, it should have been, but that's not what was happening in real time."

Wallace noted that at a recent congressional hearing, Comey said it's "not true" that Clinton neither sent nor received classified material in emails. "There was classified material e-mailed," Comey told Congress. He also said Clinton's handling of sensitive material was "extremely careless."

"Well, Chris, I looked at the whole transcript of everything that was said, and what I believe is, number one, I made a mistake not using two different e-mail addresses. I have said that and I repeat it again today. It is certainly not anything that I ever would do again."

She then spoke about taking classification seriously and relying on the judgments of others, as quoted above.

On Sunday, in a condemnation her Republican rival Donald Trump, Clinton told parishioners in a Cleveland church, "I do tremble before those who would scapegoat other Americans. That's just not how I was raised."

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