Hillary Clinton blamed Republicans Sunday for using her decision to communicate on a personal email account while secretary of state against her and her presidential campaign.
“I cannot control what the Republicans leak and what they are contending,” Clinton said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Clinton noted that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who has questioned Clinton’s email use, said at a rally in his home state Saturday that he wanted to defeat her.
“Senator Grassley...announces he’s there for the simple reason to defeat me,” she said. “I can't control what the Republicans are doing. But I know what the facts are, and I will just keep putting them out there.”
At least 1,340 emails that Clinton sent or received on her personal account routed through a private server contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails. The FBI is investigating.
None of Clinton’s emails was marked as classified during her tenure, State Department officials say, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified at the time. Her aides also sent and received classified information.
Intelligence Committee Inspector General Charles McCullough III told senators in a recent letter that he believes at least several dozen emails Clinton sent and received contained classified material at the highest levels.
Polls show Clinton’s chief rival, Bernie Sanders, running even or ahead in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, just a week before voting begins in the presidential race.
Clinton said she’s confident she will be the nominee and dismissed concerns that former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will enter the race as an independent.
“I feel great that we have the level of enthusiasm the we do,” she told moderator Chuck Todd. “And, you know, And we also have a really good team on the ground that has been working for months to make sure that it's not just here today, gone tomorrow, but people are involved, they are really reached out to.”
In recent days, Clinton has received several newspaper endorsements in Iowa, including the all-important Des Moines Register. But in its editorial, the Des Moines Register made mention of her emails: “She is not a perfect candidate, as evidenced the way she has handled the furor over her private email server. In our endorsement of her 2008 campaign for president, we wrote that ‘when she makes a mistake, she should just say so.; That appears to be a lesson she has yet to fully embrace.”
“At the end of the day, people take this vote seriously,” Clinton said. “They know they're voting for who they prefer to be the next president and commander in chief...I'll roll out what I intend to do to get there, I can only tell you that I see people nodding, I know people are signing up as they leave my events.”