Clinton: ‘I Always Take Classified Material Seriously. There’s No Argument About That’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 9, 2016 | 10:14am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that she always takes “classified material seriously” and that she was not aware of any argument about that.

“I always took classified material seriously,” Clinton said, responding to a question from host John Dickerson about the controversy over her using a private email server for official business when she was secretary of state. “There was never any material marked classified that was sent or received by me. And I look forward to this being wrapped up.”

She went on to say: “So, I always take classified material seriously. There’s no argument about that that I’m aware of.”

Clinton told Dickerson she had “not at this point” been asked to talk to the FBI about her emails.

Here is a transcript of Clinton’s exchange with Dickerson about her emails:

Dickerson: Let me ask you about developments in the investigation into your e-mail server. Apparently, the FBI has contacted your team in terms of talking to you. What can you tell us about that?

Clinton: No one has reached out to me yet, but last summer--I think last August--I made it clear I’m more than ready to talk to anybody anytime. And I have encouraged all of my assistants to be very forthcoming and I hope that this is close to being wrapped up.

Dickerson: So, they, so nobody said: Hillary Clinton, we’d like to sit down and talk to you from the FBI?

Clinton: Not at this point.

Dickerson: If there is this moment where voters are looking now in a general election context, they're thinking of you vs. Donald Trump. Some voters may be paying attention now in a different kind of way. What’s your answer to those people who think, gee, FBI inquiry, that’s a big deal? What do you say to them?

Clinton: I say what I have said now for many, many months. It’s a security inquiry. I always took classified material seriously. There was never any material marked classified that was sent or received by me and I look forward to this being wrapped up.

Dickerson: What about people who think: Well, she might be president, what has she learned from this whole--

Clinton: Well, that was a mistake and I have said that and I will say it again as often as I need to. It seemed like a convenient idea at the time that certainly wasn’t. And, so, I always take classified material seriously. There’s no argument about that that I’m aware of. And I will continue to do so and within whatever parameters are required for the president--which I know a little bit about having served with President Obama.

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