Clinton emails dominate Sunday shows
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The controversy surrounding Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State intensified Sunday, with a recent report condemning Clinton's actions taking center stage on the Sunday morning political talk shows.

Some Democratic leaders urged the public to focus instead on issues facing the country. But Clinton's Democratic presidential rival, Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE, and Republicans pointed to the report and the continued controversy as a reason for voters to reexamine their support for the Democratic presidential front-runner.
 
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Sanders, an independent Vermont senator, said superdelegates and voters will have to take into account a State Department inspector general's report released last week. 
 
The report said Clinton broke department rules when she set up a private email server during her time as secretary of State. It said Clinton never requested permission to use her personal server, and it "would not" have been approved, in part, because of "the security risks in doing so."
 
"It was not a good report for Secretary Clinton," Sanders said in an interview on CBS News's "Face the Nation." "That is something that the American people, Democrats and delegates are going to have to take a hard look at."  
 
Sanders said superdelegates and voters will be "keeping it in mind" when asked about the effects of the report.
 
"I don't have to tell them that. I mean everybody in America is keeping it in mind, and certainly the superdelegates are," he added. 
 
Sanders said Clinton's private email server will likely be an issue that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE and the Republicans seize on.
 
"I think there is little doubt about that," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
 
"I have not gotten into the email situation at all. There is a process unfolding. There's an investigation that is going on. It will play out and we'll see what happens."
 
 
"You have to assume that our enemy and adversaries had to have had access to every email that ever went over her private server," Johnson said on CBS's "Face the Nation." 

"Did it affect their actions — as it's related to, for example, [Russian President] Vladimir Putin's invasion of Crimea or eastern Ukraine? What about the negotiations with Iran? What about Assad?"
 
Democrats defended Clinton, though, saying she made a mistake and that there are more important issues for voters.
 
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett Schiff10 questions for Robert Mueller Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill MORE (D-Calif.) said Clinton was "mistaken" with her use a private email server, but he defended the former secretary of State's actions, saying she wasn't aware that she was doing anything wrong.
 
"She thought it was approved, and the practice was allowed, and she was wrong," Schiff said on "Fox News Sunday."

"The report also makes clear that Secretary Powell also thought it was appropriate to use a personal server, private server," said Schiff, who is also a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.
 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell used a personal email account while in office. But Powell did not use the account exclusively, according to the report, which Clinton did. 
 
Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails, Schiff said, which "mitigated the fact that she used a private server."

"In the case of Secretary Powell, there was no mitigation. None of those emails were turned over," he said.
 

"This goes on and on and on. We're reaching the final stages of a primary," she said on ABC's "This Week."

"Hillary Clinton is going to win this primary. I say enough is enough. Let's get to the major problems facing this nation."

Feinstein, who endorsed Clinton, said she had read all 42 pages of the report.
 
"What it says is that the department does not handle these electronic platform operations well and needs to do better," Feinstein said.

"Hillary herself has said, 'Yes, I made a mistake. If I had a chance to do it over again, I'd do it differently.' I mean, what do people want?"
 
The California senator said she doesn't think Clinton was trying to hide anything. Instead, she said Clinton just wanted a little bit of privacy. She wanted to be able to communicate with her family without having "somebody looking over her shoulder into her emails," Feinstein said.
 
"Having said that, it is what it is and, you know, I don't think we should make a federal case over it."
 
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic superdelegate supporting Clinton, also weighed in, saying he thinks Clinton is unfairly criticized based on her gender. He said Clinton made a mistake and it's time to move on.

"If she were a man, all this stuff wouldn't be at the same level. There's an awful lot of criticism ... over things that really aren't that — I guess a man, it wouldn't be brought up like that," Hickenlooper said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"She's probably the most prepared person to run for high political office in this country in several decades."