Hillary Clinton on Private Emails: "The Law Did Not Stand In My Way Of Being Permitted To Do What I Did"

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Former Secretary of State and frontrunner for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton brushed off the controversy surrounding her private e-mail account and private server in her interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar. This is Clinton's first interview since officially announcing her candidacy.

"I turned over everything I was obligated to turn over, and then I moved on," Clinton said. "People delete their personal e-mails, their work related e-mails, whatever e-mails they have on a regular basis. I turned over everything that I could imagine."

"All I can tell you is that the law, the regulation did not in anyway stand in my way of being permitted to do what I did," Clinton said in her defense.

Clinton cited former Secretary of State General Colin Powell as someone who also used a private e-mail during their tenure. Clinton likened herself to Powell, saying she served the country as well.

"I think both Secretary Powell and I are viewed as public servants," Clinton said. "We do our very best to serve our country. And he had such a distinguished record, you know, I have served my country as well. We both did the same thing. Now, years have passed, so he clearly doesn't have anything left. I did everything I could to make sure people got anything that was related that I had."

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN: I know you say you were permitted. I just am trying to understand some of the thought process behind it. One former state attorney general, a Democrat, told CNN that they know of no lawyer who would advise someone, a client, facing the kind of scrutiny you've been facing to wipe their server. I mean, what do you say to that?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, what I say to that is, I turned over everything I was obligated to turn over, and then I moved on. People delete their personal e-mails, their work related e-mails, whatever e-mails they have on a regular basis. I turned over everything that I could imagine.

Now, sitting in a meeting in the State Department and asking for iced tea may not rise to the level of negotiating peace, but I went above and beyond. That's why there's 55,000 pages of my e-mails.

And so I think people will have an interesting time behind the scenes. And all I can tell you is that the law, the regulation did not in anyway stand in my way of being permitted to do what I did. And as I said, prior secretaries of state, I mean, Secretary Powell has admitted he did exactly the same thing.

So, I think both Secretary Powell and I are viewed as public servants. We do our very best to serve our country. And he had such a distinguished record, you know, I have served my country as well. We both did the same thing. Now, years have passed, so he clearly doesn't have anything left. I did everything I could to make sure people got anything that was related that I had.

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