August 26, 2015: Clinton publicly states that using a personal email server “clearly wasn’t the best choice. I take responsibility.”

She also repeats her modified statement, “I never sent nor received any email that was marked classified.” (C-SPAN, 8/26/2015)

August 26, 2015: Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by Clinton’s prolonged email scandal and the way it has been handled.

Ed Rendell (Credit: The Associated Press)

Ed Rendell (Credit: The Associated Press)

The New York Times reports that “Democratic leaders are increasingly frustrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s failure to put to rest questions about her State Department email practices and ease growing doubts among voters about her honesty and trustworthiness. […] Interviews with more than 75 Democratic governors, lawmakers, candidates, and party members have laid bare a widespread bewilderment that Mrs. Clinton has allowed a cloud to settle over her candidacy—by using a private email server in the first place, since it was likely to raise questions about her judgment, and by not defusing those questions once and for all when the issue first emerged in March.”

Ed Rendell, a former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and a supporter of Clinton’s presidential candidacy, is particularly blunt and critical: “They’ve handled the email issue poorly, maybe atrociously, certainly horribly. The campaign has been incredibly tone-deaf, not seeing this as a more serious issue. She should have turned over the email server at the start, because they should have known they’d be forced to give it up. But at this point, there’s nothing they can do to kill the issue—they’re left just playing defense.” (The New York Times, 8/27/2015)