MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell did not ask Hillary Clinton as many questions about her private email server as she would have liked during an interview last week because she was worried that the Democratic presidential candidate’s staff would pull the plug on the Q&A, the reporter admitted on Tuesday.
“One of the issues is we were told we had a 15-minute interview,” Mitchell told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I asked more than 12 minutes on emails before I felt, out of concern that they would cut it off, obviously, that I had to move on.”
“So, I couldn’t ask everything that I did want to ask,” Mitchell added. “But I think we did get a good chance to ask a lot of questions and discover that she did not have an answer for why she did the personal server in the first place.”
During Friday’s interview, Clinton told Mitchell that she regretted using exclusively a personal email account and private email server as secretary of state.
But while she told Mitchell “I disagree with the choice that I made,” Clinton stopped short of apologizing for setting up the home-brew system. Instead, she apologized for how the public has perceived the story. (RELATED: Clinton: Private Email ‘Not The Best Choice’)
“At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people,” Clinton said. (RELATED: Tom Brokaw Isn’t Buying Hillary’s Latest Email Excuse)
On Monday, Clinton told the Associated Press that she will not apologize for using the private email server. She said the arrangement “was allowed” by the State Department.
Clinton has so far refused to answer numerous questions about the email server, including whether she directly instructed staffers to scrub the server of all of her emails.