Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s claim that her email practices were ‘allowed’

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s claim that her email practices were ‘allowed’

Hillary Clinton is sticking to her defense that her use of a private email server while secretary of state was “allowed,” despite a critical independent audit that found it really wasn’t.

In a May 26 interviewABC reporter Liz Kreutz asked Clinton about her decision to use a server located in her New York home instead of a government email, as well as the audit, which was conducted by the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

“But this report said that you, quote, ‘had an obligation to discuss’ using your personal email and that you didn’t,” Kreutz said. “So how can you really say that it was allowed? Was it an error of judgment?”

Clinton replied: “Well it was allowed, and the rules have been clarified since I left about the practice. Having said that, I have said many times that it was a mistake, and if I could go back I would do it differently.”

Since the news of Clinton’s email came to light in 2015, she has argued that she “complied with every rule” and that the practice was “allowed.” We haven’t yet put the issue on the Truth-O-Meter because there were too many unknowns.

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