Clinton compares her e-mail scandal to Pearl Harbor


Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the investigation into her private email server “was the biggest nothing-burger ever.” Her remarks were made as she sat on a panel at the “Code Conference” on Wednesday, an event created for networking and in-depth conversations about digital technology.

Dismissing the investigation, Clinton said, “The use of my e-mail account was turned into, you know, the biggest scandal since Lord knows when.”

As the panel discussed “weaponizing” technology, Clinton informed the room that in her case, technology proved damaging.

“And, you know … I’m just using everything that anybody else said about it besides me to basically say this was the biggest nothing-burger ever,” she said. “It was a mistake. I’ve said it was a mistake. And obviously, if I could turn the clock back, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging.”

On stage with Clinton was Kara Swisher of Recode, the executive producer of the California-based conference. Swisher questioned Clinton’s use of the private server, trying to ascertain where Clinton felt things went wrong. “And you didn’t handle it — that’s a mistake on your part, or the way it was used was a mistake on your — because we’re trying to get at what you think you misjudged?”

“Doing something that others had done before was no longer acceptable in the new environment in which we found ourselves,” she explained, attempting to share responsibility. “And there was no law against it; there was no rule — nothing of that sort. So, I didn’t break any rule. Nobody said, don’t do this — and I was very responsible and not at all careless.”

Clinton went on to complain about how the media covered the story.

“I know you had Dean Baquet here from the New York Times yesterday. And they covered it like it was Pearl Harbor,” Clinton said, lamenting that the story seemed to keep coming back up and wouldn’t go away.

You can see the full exchange below.

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