Hillary Clinton on Emails: 'No Basis' for Concerns About Indictment

By Susan Jones | March 7, 2016 | 6:01 AM EST
Democrat Hillary Clinton walks on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(CNSNews.com) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday brushed aside concerns that someone will be indicted in connection with her use of a private email server used to send thousands of email that were later judged to contain classified or top secret information.

John Dickerson, host of CBS's "Face the Nation," told Clinton he has "talked to Democrats and they worry that somebody is going to get indicted."

"Well, there is no basis for that," Clinton responded.

Referring to Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department staffer who has been granted immunity from prosecution in the ongoing criminal investigation, Clinton called it a "security review."

"I'm delighted that he has agreed to cooperate, as everyone else has. And I think that we will be moving toward a resolution of this, because, after all--"

"You see this (immunity) as good news?" Dickerson interrupted.

"Yes, I do. Absolutely. I think we're getting closer and closer to wrapping this up. I also know that there were reports today about the hundreds of officials and thousand e-mails that they were sending back and forth that have been looked at and classified retroactively.

"This really raises serious questions about this whole process, I think. Colin Powell summed it up well when he was told that some of his e-mails from more than 10 years ago were going to be retroactively classified. He called it an absurdity.

"So, I'm hoping that we will get through this, and then everybody can take a hard look at the interagency disputes and the arguments over retroactive classification. Remember, I'm the one who asked that all my e-mails be made public. I have been more transparent than anybody I can think of in public life.

"But it's also true that when something is made public, everybody from across the government gets to weigh in. And that's what's happening here. And we need to get it sorted out and then take action from there."

At the Democrat debate Sunday night, Clinton was asked about Donald Trump's promise to talk about her emails every single day if he is the Republican nominee.

Clinton seized the opportunity to attack Trump as a bigot, bully and blusterer.

"So I will look forward to engaging him because, you know, I don't think we need to make America great again. America didn't stop being great, we have to make it whole again. We have to knock down the barriers, we have to end the divisiveness, we have to unify the country."

The State Department has released around 52,000 pages of Clinton's emails -- the ones she deemed not personal -- all of which passed through a private server instead of the State Department system.

The State Department redacted many of those emails before releasing them, leaving some of them entirely or partially blank.

More than 2,000 emails were retroactivly classified at the "confidential" and "secret" levels, which is at the lower end of the scale. But 22 emails were withheld entirely from publication on grounds that they were "top secret." None of those bore classification markings at the time they were sent, and most were written by other officials, the Associated Press reported.