Clinton deflects ‘careless’ claim on emails

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as U.S. president Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally with on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton is campaigning with president Obama in North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is deflecting criticism from FBI Director James Comey that she was “careless” in handling classified information in emails, saying she relied on experienced State Department professionals who were careful in their handling of sensitive materials.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said in an interview Friday on CNN that she was relieved by Comey’s decision not to file a criminal referral to the Justice Department after a yearlong investigation. Clinton reiterated her earlier acknowledgements that using a private server and using private email accounts were mistakes.

Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer if Comey’s assessment that she careless was accurate, Clinton did not answer directly. But she said she relied on colleagues who had long experience in handling classified material.

Clinton said, “The professionals with whom I communicated were very careful in how I handled such material.”

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