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Hillary Clinton apologizes for private email, says it was 'mistake'

By Amy R. Connolly
Hillary Clinton apologizes for private email, says it was 'mistake'
Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at Florida International University in Miami on July 31. Tuesday, Clinton said using her personal email account while secretary of state was a "mistake" and she is "sorry," uttering words many have hoped to hear. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said using her personal email account while secretary of state was a "mistake" and she is "sorry," an admission that many of her allies have waited to hear in hopes she can move forward from a controversy that has dogged her candidacy.

The admission Tuesday night was the farthest Clinton has gone to apologize for her use of a private email address and server while serving as the nation's top diplomat.

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"What I had done was allowed, it was above board. But in retrospect, as I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails. That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility," she said in an appearance on ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir.

Clinton also posted a personal apology on Facebook, saying, "Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I'm sorry about it, and I take full responsibility."

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She added, "I could have -- and should have -- done a better job answering questions earlier. I'm grateful for your support, and I'm not taking anything for granted."

Republicans have criticized Clinton's unwillingness to apologize for the decision to use a private email account for official business and have a server based at her home in suburban New York. The arrangement allowed Clinton to retain personal control over the system she used for public and private business. Her campaign said the procedure was set in place to ensure taxpayer dollars were not used on a private server shared by the Clinton family and others.

After the interview with ABC aired, Republicans were quick to pounce on her words.

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"The only thing Hillary Clinton regrets is that she got caught and is dropping in the polls, not the fact her secret email server left classified information exposed to the Russians and Chinese. Hillary Clinton's reckless attempt to skirt government transparency laws put our national security at risk and shows she cannot be trusted in the White House," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Allison Moore.

Last week, Clinton told NBC News using the private server wasn't the "best choice" but declined to apologize for the decision to use it. She said she wished she had "made a different choice."

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Clinton has said repeatedly the email scandal should not raise questions about her judgement as she seeks the nomination for the 2016 election.

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