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From LexisNexis Copyright 2015 Cable News Network Cable News Network All Rights Reserved CNN SHOW: THE SITUATION ROOM 5:00 EST July 2015 Tuesday HEADLINE: Hillary Clinton Gives First Campaign Interview Aired 5-6p BYLINE: Brianna Keilar; KEILAR: wondering you can address vulnerability that weve seen you dealing with recently. see our recent poll that nearly six Americans say they dont believe that youre honest and trustworthy. you understand why they feel that way? CLINTON: Well, think when you are subjected the kind constant barrage attacks that are largely fomented and coming from the right and... KEILAR: But you bear any responsibility for that? CLINTON: Well, you know, can only tell you that was elected twice New York against the same kind onslaught. was confirmed and served secretary state. And think its understandable that, when questions are raised, people maybe are thinking about them and wondering about them. But have every confidence that during the course this campaign people are going know who will fight for them, who will there when they need them, and thats the kind person am. And thats what will do, not only campaign but president. KEILAR: Trusting someone fight for them and trusting someone, these are these are two different things. you see any role that youve had the sentiment that weve seen, where people are questioning whether youre trustworthy? CLINTON: can only tell you, Brianna, that this has been theme that has been used against and husband for many, many years. And the end the day, think voters sort all out. have great confidence. trust the American voter. trust the American voter 100 percent, because think, you know, the American voter will weigh these kinds accusations. mean, you know, people write books filled with unsubstantiated attacks against us. And even admit they have evidence. But course, its your job cover it. course, thats going raise questions peoples minds. But during the course this campaign, just two prior campaigns and other years service, have lot confidence that the American people can sort all out. KEILAR: Would you vote for someone that you dont trust? CLINTON: Well, they people should and trust me. And have every confidence that that will the outcome this election. cannot decide what the attacks will be, matter how unfounded. And well aware the fact that its your job raise those, and well our best respond them. But think what people talk about and thats all can the literally thousands people that Ive seen the course this campaign. They want know what going for the economy, what going for education, what going for health care. And they trust have plan and committed carrying out that plan, and they should, because will. KEILAR: One the issues that has eroded some trust that weve seen the issue your email practices while you were secretary state. think theres lot people who dont understand what your thought process was that. Can you tell the story how you decided delete 33,000 emails and how that deletion was executed? CLINTON: Well, lets start from the beginning. Everything did was permitted. There was law. There was regulation. There was nothing that did not give the full authority decide how was going communicate. Previous secretaries state have said they did the same thing. And people across the government knew that used one device. Maybe was because not the most technically capable person and wanted make easy possible. KEILAR: But you said they that they did the same thing, that they used personal server and... CLINTON: Well, personal e-mail... (CROSSTALK) KEILAR: ... subpoena deleted emails from them? CLINTON: You know, youre starting with many assumptions that are Ive never had subpoena. There -again, lets take deep breath here. Everything did was permitted law and regulation. had one device. When mailed anybody the government, would into the government system. Now didnt have turn over anything. chose turn over 55,000 pages, because wanted above and beyond what was expected because knew the vast majority everything that was official already was the State Department system. And now think its kind fun. People get real-time behind-the- scenes look at, you know, what was emailing about and what was communicating about. [17:10:10] KEILAR: Wearing warm socks, you said John Podesta. CLINTON: Exactly and or, you know... KEILAR: Working fax machine... CLINTON: Yes, secured fax machine, which harder work than the regular. yes, this being blown with basis law fact. Thats fine. get it. This being, effect, used the Republicans the Congress, OK. But want people understand what the truth is. And the truth everything did was permitted, and went above and beyond what anybody could have expected making sure that the State Department didnt capture something, made real effort get them. And had obligation any that. lets set the record straight. And those 55,000 pages, they will released over the course this year. People can, again, make their own judgments. KEILAR: know you say you were permitted. just trying understand some the thought process behind it. One former state attorney general, Democrat, told CNN that they know lawyer who would advise someone, client, facing the kind scrutiny that youve been facing wipe their server. what you say that? CLINTON: Well, what say that turned over everything was obligated turn over. And then moved on. People delete their personal emails, their work-related emails, whatever emails they have regular basis. turned over everything that could imagine. Now being sitting meeting the State Department, asking for iced tea, may not rise the level negotiating peace, but went above and beyond. Thats why theres 55,000 pages emails. And think people have interesting time behind the scenes. And all can tell you that the law, the regulation did not any way stand way being permitted what did. And said, prior secretaries state mean, Secretary Powell has admitted did exactly the same thing. think both Secretary Powell and are viewed public servants. our very best serve our country and hes has such distinguished records. You know, have served country, well. both did the same thing. Now years have passed, clearly doesnt have anything left. did everything could make sure people got anything that was related that had. KEILAR: There has been lot controversy surrounding your familys foundation, The Clinton Foundation, corporate and foreign donations that have gone the foundation and the work that does. Has made you think, seeing this controversy, that its come about, has made you think about you are president, what will happen The Clinton Foundation? Have you thought about perhaps shutting down? CLINTON: Well, let start saying proud The Clinton Foundation. proud the work that husband started, that daughter continued. proud the very small role played being there for about year and half. And Ill give you example why what The Clinton Foundation has done critical. When became secretary state, the United States government was using our tax dollars treat 1.7 million people around the world with HIV/AIDS. looked the contracts that The Clinton Foundation had been negotiating buy medicine and pass through, working with foreign governments who provided the funding buy the medicine treat more people. negotiated lower prices. the time left, thanks contracts and work that The Clinton Foundation had done, the United States was treating 5.1 million people. Thats just one example. Now maybe its because husband knows many people the world and hes creative and hes smart. But was able put together solutions problems, whether was HIV/AIDS childhood obesity our country expanding farm productivity Africa, that was hard for others do. And, yes, did people say, thats good work, thats charity want support and they should have because produced results. have have plans say anything about The Clinton Foundation other than say how proud and that think for the good the world, its work should continue. KEILAR: Lets talk now about Republicans. There are many them. Right now, the front-runner... CLINTON: Its big crew. KEILAR: big crew. Right now the front-runner Jeb Bush. Can you believe that quarter century after your husband was elected, there could another Bush-Clinton race? CLINTON: Well, well see. Thats to, first, the Republicans his side, the Democrats side. Whats great about America anybody can run for president. That literally true. And you have out and you have what everybody else does. You have make your case. You have have your agenda. You have raise the money. You have work really hard. [17:15:08] whoever nominated their respective parties will the nominee, and then well see whos the other side. KEILAR: Donald Trump also creating quite lot commotion the other side. Hes friend yours, has been over the years. donated your Senate campaign, The Clinton Foundation. Whats your reaction his recent comments that some Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals? CLINTON: very disappointed those comments, and feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying, enough, stop it. But they are all the you know, the same general area immigration. They dont want provide path citizenship. They range across spectrum being either grudgingly welcome hostile toward immigrants. And going talk about comprehensive immigration reform. going talk about all the good, law- abiding, productive members the immigrant community that personally know, that Ive met over the course life, that would like see have path citizenship. KEILAR: But what about Jeb Bushs approach that? Its different, certainly, than Donald Trumps and... (CROSSTALK) CLINTON: Well, doesnt believe path citizenship. did one time, longer does. And pretty much theyre said, theyre spectrum of, you know, hostility, which think really regrettable nation immigrants like ours, all the way kind grudging acceptance but refusal with pathway citizenship. think thats mistake. think that know were not going deport million people. shouldnt breaking families. shouldnt stopping people from having the opportunity fully integrated legally within our country. Its good for us. Its good economically. Its good for the taxes that will legally collected. Its good for the children, that they can far their hard work and talent will take them. 100 percent behind comprehensive immigration reform that includes path citizenship. KEILAR: Last week undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times killed 32-year-old woman, Kate Steinle, San Francisco, sanctuary city where local law enforcement does not enforce federal immigration laws. When you last ran for president you supported sanctuary cities. light this terrible incident, does that change anything about your view this? CLINTON: Well, what should done any city should listen the Department Homeland Security, which understand it, urged them deport this man again after got out prison another time. Heres case where weve deported, weve deported, weve deported. ends back our country, and think the citys made mistake. The city made mistake, not deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should deported. have absolutely support for city that ignores the strong evidence that should acted on. However, there are like were first-time traffic, you know, citation, were something minor, misdemeanor, thats entirely different. This man had already been deported five times. And should have been deported the request the federal government.