Fox News host Bret Baier grilled candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic town hall meeting in Detroit tonight on her past claims about classified information in emails on a private server. Concerning the ongoing investigation into her tenure as Obama’s Secretary of State, Baier asked Clinton if she was ever aware that her private server was being sought as evidence before thousands of emails sent to and by her were deleted. Clinton repeated that it “wasn’t the best choice,” but sought to couch her behavior by explaining that at least one of her predecessors had done the same. She claimed that she had neither sent nor received any classified material.
 
Clinton told Baier, “I have said, it wasn't the best choice to use a personal email. It was a mistake, however, I am not alone in that. Many people in the government, past and current, have on occasion or as a practice done the same. Nothing I sent was marked classified or that I received was marked classified.”
 
Baier, however, spoke about emails found on Clinton’s server that have been designated as top secret. Because Clinton had said in the past that no classified material was found there, Baier asked if her claim can now be deemed “not accurate.” 
 
Clinton railed against what she called retroactive classification of emails by the State Department. If people knew what was marked classified, Clinton said, they would see “how absurd” the classified system is.
Currently, one of Clinton’s former aides, Bryan Pagliano, has been granted immunity by the Department of Justice, which is investigating whether or not Clinton and other associates such as Huma Abedin may have broken the law. Baier said that some Democrats worry that evidence may come to light that will damage Clinton’s chances of winning the November election. When Baier asked Clinton whether it is true that neither she or her attorneys have been told that she and her current or former staff are being investigated, Clinton answered “Absolutely true.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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