Hillary Clinton made the comments at a New Hampshire town hall meeting hosted and televised by NBC’s “Today.”
Hillary Clinton on Monday claimed to be the most transparent person in all of U.S. history.
“I have gone further than anybody that I’m aware of in American history,” the 2016 Democratic frontrunner said of the release of tens of thousands of emails written while she was secretary of state.
“Now it’s not a long history since we haven’t had emails that long, as long as we’ve had them, I’ve gone longer and farther to be as transparent as possible. Nobody else has done that,” she added.
Clinton, who was speaking at a New Hampshire town hall meeting hosted and televised by NBC’s “Today,” also blasted Republican lawmakers for the multiple probes they have led into her involvement with and response to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“Look at the situation they chose to exploit, to go after me for political reasons: the death of four Americans in Benghazi. I knew the ambassador. I identified him. I asked him to go there. I asked the President to nominate him,” a visibly angry Clinton said.
“This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan, political issue out of the deaths of four Americans,” she said, referring to recent comments by current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
“I would have never done that. And if I were president — and there were Republicans or Democrats who were thinking about that — I would have done everything to shut it down,” she added.
Clinton for months has faced a new round of questions over her use of a private email server while at the State Department. She was said to have deleted more than 30,000 emails from the server that she has claimed were not pertinent to her job as the nation’s top diplomat and has turned over another 30,000 to the State Department for archiving. The FBI has been working to recover the deleted emails and determine whether classified information on the server was ever put at risk.
In one of the more awkward moments of the town hall, a bemused Clinton shot down the prospect of taking the vice presidential slot on someone else’s ticket if she failed to win the nomination.
“Hypothetically speaking, would you consider a vice president position?” host Savannah Guthrie asked Clinton, repeating a question that had been submitted by social media.
“Hypothetically speaking, no,” she said.