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US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) at their 42nd International Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 19 July 2016.
Photograph: EPA/LAS VEGAS NEWS BUREAU/MARK DAMON / HANDOUT

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday acknowledged discrepancies in her recent remarks about an FBI investigation into her use of a private email server and said she will work to gain the trust of a skeptical public.

Clinton had come under fire for remarks in an interview earlier this week saying that FBI Director James Comey had said her public statements about her email server had been truthful.

Comey had cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing, but was highly critical of her use of a private email server and did not evaluate the veracity of all her statements.

"I may have short circuited," Clinton said of her claim. "Because of course he could only talk to what I had told the FBI and I appreciated that."

She maintained that she had not knowingly sent classified emails over her email system.

Despite opinion surveys that show the public does not trust Clinton, she maintained that she has worked to gain the public's trust and proven herself in past offices, including as a senator from New York.

Republican rival Donald Trump has sought to make Clinton's use of a private email server and questions about her larger trustworthiness central to his campaign.

"Clinton knows the actions she has taken are disqualifying for someone wishing to become Commander-in-Chief, and that is why today’s painful, pretzel-like response to a simple question about her illegal server was obvious to everyone watching," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.

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