It took three different interviews in four days to get her there, but on Tuesday Hillary Clinton apologized for using a private email address during her tenure as secretary of State.
“That was a mistake; I’m sorry about that,” Clinton told ABC News’s David Muir in an interview that aired Tuesday evening when he asked whether polling on her trustworthiness shows that the email scandal “didn’t sit well with the American people.” “I take responsibility,” she continued.
When Muir followed up, asking if she would admit she made a mistake, Clinton replied: “I did, I did.”
Later Tuesday night, Clinton took to Facebook to explain the email situation to her supporters, saying the private account was “a mistake”—though she doubled down on her initial explanation, that her actions were “aboveboard” and “allowed” under State Department rules.
“Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department,” she wrote. “Not doing so was a mistake. I'm sorry about it, and I take full responsibility.”
“I know this is a complex story. I could have—and should have—done a better job answering questions earlier,” she continued, directing supporters to a section of her website addressing the email issue. “I'm grateful for your support, and I'm not taking anything for granted.”