Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she understood why people questioned her decision to use only private email while she was secretary of state and she took responsibility for that decision, a shift from her past remarks about an issue that has dogged her since before her presidential campaign.
Her remarks, at a campaign stop in Iowa, came as Clinton has faced growing criticism for making light of email use. ("What, like with a cloth or something?" she said to a Fox News reporter last week who asked whether she had "wiped," or erased, her email server before turning it over to the FBI.)
"I know people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why," Clinton said Wednesday. "…My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department. It clearly wasn't the best choice. I should've used two emails: one personal, one for work."
She added: "I take responsibility for that decision, and I want to be as transparent as possible, which is why I turned over 55,000 pages, why I've turned over my server, why I've agreed to — in fact, been asking to — and have finally gotten a date to testify before a congressional committee in October.
"I'm confident that this process will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified," she said.
The inspector general for the nation's intelligence agencies found four emails of a random sample of 40 on her server contained information that was classified, though it wasn't marked that way at the time.
Clinton's team points to the subjective nature of classification rules used by different federal agencies.