During an interview with NewThis News, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cashed in on President Donald Trump’s catchphrase, saying that the investigation into her email scandal is the “real witch hunt.”
“My reaction is – as you might predict – absolute bewilderment and disappointment,” Clinton told NowThis News’ Versha Sharma. “It’s a witch hunt. And it’s a real one, unlike the kind of things that Trump, you know, talks about.”
Calling investigations into his presidency a “witch hunt” has been a mantra of Trump during his time in office, which has been riddled with investigations prompted by disgruntled Democrats who consider him unfit for office.
The president’s former political opponent said that she’s dismayed that the investigation is being opened again, especially considering that more than 100 other people who sent emails to that account were retroactively classified.
“I’m sorry that they’re doing it again because now they’re trying to, you know, bring in other people,” she said.
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The new investigation includes emails from former employees which were previously not considered to be of interest to the investigation, but have not been recategorized as containing information that could pose potential security violations.
“It has been determined that, at the time they were sent, a number of these emails contained classified information which were not properly marked as such,” a letter to one employee, which was obtained by CNN, read according to The DailyMail.
“You have been identified as possibly bearing some culpability in [redacted] security incidents,} the letter, signed by Program Applications Division Chief Aaron Utley, noted according to the DailyMail.
According to Clinton, they were considered routine at the time and didn’t have reason to be designed as classified.
“My understanding from press coverage is that they are talking to 130 people, give or take,” Clinton said in her interview. “These people are experience foreign service officers, other distinguished Americans who have had great careers. What does it mean to retroactively classify something they sent?”
Written by Savannah Pointer.