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People should and do trust me, claims Hillary despite latest polls

Raf Sanchez in Washington

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton insisted in her first major interview that "people should and do trust me" despite polls showing a majority of Americans do not believe she is honest or trustworthy.

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The Democratic front runner's interview with CNN is her first in the nearly three months she has been running for president and came after her campaign was criticised for using a rope to keep journalists away from her.

Mrs Clinton said she had not broken the law by using a personal email account hosted on a private server in her house while she was secretary of state instead of an official government email.

Instead, she blamed Republicans for sowing doubts about her honesty and said she had been subjected to a "constant barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the Right".

"This has been a theme that has been used against me and my husband for many, many years. And at the end of the day, I think voters sort it all out," she said.

"People should and do trust me," Mrs Clinton added.

A CNN/ORC poll last month found otherwise, with 57pc of respondents saying they did not believe Mrs Clinton is "honest and trustworthy".

A second poll found majorities in the key states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania also did not think Mrs Clinton was trustworthy.

Mrs Clinton said the issue of her email account was "being blown up with no basis in law or in fact" and said there was nothing unusual in her decision to delete 30,000 emails she said were private.

"People delete their personal emails, their work-related emails, whatever emails they have on a regular basis," she said.

Scrutiny

Mrs Clinton said she had turned over all official emails to the State Department although Republican investigators have already found some emails that were not in the State Department's collection.

She also defended her husband's global charity, the Clinton Foundation, which has been under scrutiny for accepting donations from foreign governments while she was secretary of state.

"I have no plans to say or do anything about The Clinton Foundation other than to say how proud I am of it," Mrs Clinton said.

Polls show Mrs Clinton is still the overwhelming front runner to win the Democratic nomination and has the support of around 60pc of Democratic voters.

However, her closest rival - the self-declared socialist senator Bernie Sanders - is climbing in the polls and trailing her narrowly in the key state of New Hampshire.

Mr Sanders, a 73-year-old senator with unabashed Left-wing policies, has been drawing crowds of 10,000 at rallies around the country - the largest of any candidate in the race.

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