Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonRepublicans to release Benghazi report Tuesday Sanders's Nevada director floated two-sided coins for tiebreaks: report Benghazi Blues MORE said late Monday the FBI has not informed her that she is the subject of a probe over her email practices as secretary of State.
“I’ve heard others say that neither you nor your lawyers have been apprised that you’re the target of the investigation,” Fox News anchor Bret Baier said to Clinton during a town hall in Detroit.
“Have your or your lawyers been apprised that your current or former staff are targets of the investigation?” Baier asked.
“Absolutely not,” the former first lady responded.
Clinton then argued that she committed no wrongdoing by using a personal email account while at the State Department.
“I will reiterate because it’s a fact — nothing I sent or received was classified,” she said of her correspondences at the agency.
“There’s much misinformation going on around here,” Clinton continued. "I have said it was 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, on occasion or as a practice, have done the same.”
Clinton additionally charged that the classification process is needlessly complex and confusing for everyday Americans.
“What happens when you ask or are asked to make information public is that it’s reviewed and different agencies come and give in with their opinions,” she said.
“I’ve asked — and I echo [former Secretary of State] Colin Powell on this — [to] release it,” Clinton added of her email records at State.
“Once the American people see it, they will know how absurd this is. Colin Powell and I are on exactly the same page.”
The FBI formally confirmed its investigation of Clinton’s private email server early last month.
Reports emerged last week that the Justice Department, meanwhile, has granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano, a former State employee who helped build Clinton’s server.
Pagliano is purportedly working with the FBI’s probe in exchange for not facing any criminal charges stemming from the investigation.
Critics say Clinton’s technology habits at State prevented accountability of her tenure there and potentially exposed sensitive national intelligence.
Clinton has countered that she did not violate any laws and that her efforts at releasing her State email correspondences offer transparency of her time there.