U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton apologizes for using a private email server for official communications. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton apologised on Tuesday (September 08) during a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show for using a private email server at her New York home for her official communications as secretary of state. "I want people to understand this, so I'm glad you asked," Clinton said. "I used a personal email account, it was allowed by the State Department. But I should have used two different accounts. I made a mistake and I'm sorry for all the confusion that has ensued. I take responsibility for that. But I'm now trying to be as transparent as, not just I can but anybody ever has been." In two earlier interviews during the past week, Clinton had declined to apologise for the controversial email arrangement while working as the nation's top diplomat, saying it was allowed by the State Department. Clinton has been forced to defend herself against growing public scrutiny of how she handled sensitive government information since the email arrangement first came to light in March. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now examining the email server to see whether any information, including classified information, was mishandled. In addition to persistent criticism from opponents and media questions, the State Department's court-ordered monthly releases of the more than 30,000 emails in question has kept the issue in the public eye, roiling Clinton's efforts to nail down the nomination. Recent polls have found more than half of all voters say she is untrustworthy. The episode is part of Ellen's premiere week and will air on Thursday, September 10.