Hillary Clinton told reporters Saturday that she never sent or received classified information using her private e-mail server when she served as secretary of state, and that the facts on the issue “are pretty clear.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke briefly about the growing controversy surrounding her use of the server after a Democratic gathering at the Madison County Historical Complex in Iowa. Reporters raised the issue during a news conference that followed the event.
“I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” Clinton said. “What I think you’re seeing here is a very typical kind of discussion, to some extent disagreement among various parts of the government, over what should or should not be publicly released.”
Clinton reiterated that she wanted the emails in question to be made public as soon as possible, and expressed no opinion as to whether the Department of Justice should investigate.
“They can fight over it or argue over it. That’s up to them. I can tell you what the facts are,” she said.
“I think there’s so much confusion around this that I understand why reporters and the public are asking questions, but the facts are pretty clear. I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,” she said.
The news conference came on the same day as the Clinton campaign announced that the former secretary of state will testify in October before the House committee investigating the killing of four Americans in a 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya
Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Clinton will testify publicly before the House’s special Select Committee on Benghazi, after months of negotiations about the terms of her appearance.
A tentative date of Oct. 22 has been set.
Intelligence investigators told the Justice Department in a letter this week that secret government information may have been compromised in the unsecured system she used at her New York home.
Republicans responded to Clinton’s denial in a statement released late Saturday.
“Hillary Clinton can’t help but continue to mislead the American people,” RNC spokesman Michael Short said in the statement. “The facts are clear: independent government investigators found that Hillary Clinton possessed information that was classified at the time on her secret email server and now the matter has been referred to the FBI.
“Hillary Clinton’s reckless attempt to get around public records laws has jeopardized our national security.”
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SOURCE: Fox News