CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — In a heated and defiant appearance, Hillary Clinton said she is the victim of a political witch hunt, and vowed to fight it.
She criticized a congressional committee’s pivot from investigating Benghazi to focus on her use of a private email server. “Now I’m in their crosshairs again,” said the former secretary of state. “It’s not about Benghazi. You know what? It’s not about emails or servers either. It’s about politics.”
“Here is what I won’t do: I won’t get down in the mud with them,” she said. “I won’t play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those who we lost.”
This week, Clinton handed over the server and a thumb drive containing a copy of 30,000 emails sought by the Justice Department and FBI. The intelligence community’s inspector general passed the case to the Justice Department in early July amid concerns that classified information may have been compromised due to Clinton’s private email set-up while secretary of state.