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Hodges: Clinton email probe will ‘be resolved in short time’

Former S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges predicted Wednesday that an ongoing probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state “will be resolved in fairly short time.”

“Let’s be fair,” Hodges told reporters after an hour-long Clinton campaign event, adding other public officials use private email accounts as well.

Hodges joined John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign, to endorse Clinton in next year’s presidential primary.

The one-term Democratic governor noted he was a “convert” to the Clinton campaign, having been a national co-chair of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, opposing Clinton.

Also asked whether the email issue has hurt her campaign, Podesta said Clinton wants to resolve the probe as quickly as possible and has agreed to testify before a U.S. House panel, headed by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg.

Gowdy is leading the House probe into the 2011 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi while Clinton was secretary of state.

“She never sent any classified information. She never received any information that was classified,” Podesta said. “Now, what we have is an inter-agency squabble” over whether some of the emails should have been classified.

In retrospect, Podesta said, Clinton regrets using a private email server, adding she would not continue the practice.

Podesta, a top adviser to Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton, took questions from the audience that probed Hillary Clinton’s positions on Social Security, offshore drilling, the Keystone Pipeline and supporting the middle class.

Asked about the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden running against Clinton, Podesta said: “If he decides to run, we’ll welcome him into the race.” But, he added, Clinton is focused on what she would bring to the presidency.

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