March 9, 2016: Clinton acknowledges using poor judgment with her email set-up, but maintains she was permitted to use her own server.

During a presidential election debate, Clinton says, “It wasn’t the best choice. I made a mistake. It was not prohibited. It was not in any way disallowed.” She adds, “What you are talking about is retroactive classification, And I think what we have got here is a case of over-classification.”

However, the Washington Post will later note, “Her statement appears to conflict with a report to Congress last year by inspectors general from the State Department and the group of spy agencies known as the Intelligence Community.”

Referring to some classified emails that had been discovered, the report stated, “These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department. Rather these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to [intelligence community] classification officials, that information remains classified today. This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” (The Washington Post, 3/27/2016)