In an appearance on This Week with host George Stephanopoulos, Hillary Clinton reacted to news that the State Department will not release nearly two dozen e-mails she had on her private server that were deemed top secret. Clinton said she isn't sure why the emails aren't being released, chalking it up to an "interagency dispute."
"Dianne Feinstein, member of the [Senate] Intelligence Committee, who has had a chance to review them, has said that this e-mail chain did not originate with me and that there were no classification markings. So I do want them released. And of course, I can't be clear about exactly what the reasons might be for some in the government as part of this interagency dispute to make this request, not to make them public. But, I would like to see them disclosed. I think they can and should be disclosed from everything I'm told about them," Clinton said.
Clinton likened the criminal investigation against her to Benghazi. She said Republicans are "grasping at straws" but will continue to use the private e-mail address server scandal to "beat up" on her.
"This is very much like Benghazi, George," Clinton said. "The Republicans will continue to use it. Beat up on me. I understand that. That's the way they are. But after 11 hours of testimony, answering every single question, in public, which I had requested for months, I think it's pretty clear that they're grasping at straws and this will turn out the same way."
The former Secretary of State said she didn't take any documents from the classified system because you can't take information off the classified system and put it into an unclassified system.
"You can't get information off the classified system," Clinton said Sunday. "In the State Department, to put it on to an unclassified system, no matter what that system is. We were very specific about that."
Clinton said the "leaks" from the investigation are "concerning." She said the best way to resolve the situation is to let Americans see the e-mails so the people can "move on."
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, "THIS WEEK" MODERATOR: You have said many times that the e-mails were not marked classified. No evidence that that's not true. But the nondisclosure agreement you signed as Secretary of State says that that's not that relevant. It says, 'Classified information is marked or unmarked classified.' And that with all that training you are trained to treat all of that sensitively and should know the difference.
FMR. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: Well, of course. That's exactly what I did. I take classified information very seriously.
You know, you can't get information off the classified system. In the State Department, to put it on to an unclassified system, no matter what that system is. We were very -- specific about that. And when you receive information, of course, there has to be some marking. Some indication that someone down the chain had thought that this was classified and that was not the case.
The final thing I would say -- because clearly, the best answer to all of this is release and disclose these materials -- is that what I'm told is that this chain of e-mail very well included a published newspaper report.
That seems a little hard to understand. That we would be retroactively over-classifying a public newspaper article. So let's just get it out. See what it is. Let the American people draw their own conclusions.
This is very much like Benghazi, George. The Republicans will continue to use it. Beat up on me. I understand that. That's the way they are. But after 11 hours of testimony, answering every single question, in public, which I had requested for months, I think it's pretty clear that they're grasping at straws and this will turn out the same way.