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Hillary Clinton claims she is the ‘the most investigated innocent person in America’ in a new Hulu documentary about her life.
The former Democratic Presidential candidate even went so far as to say she felt like she’s been persecuted in an offhand remark while cameras were rolling.
Indeed, Hillary appears defiant, defensive and arguably the most candid she has ever been about herself during the 35 hours of interviews.
In the documentary, viewed by DailyMail.com ahead of its release Friday, Hillary does not apologize for the email scandal which plagued her 2016 Presidential run and insisting there was ‘no regulation against it’.
The former Secretary of State called the Benghazi scandal a ‘character assault’ and press release dismissed criticism of her Wall Street speeches which have earned her and her husband Bill Clinton and estimated $153million.
Hillary says bluntly: ‘That’s how I made some money when I got out of the State Department’.
Hillary calls herself ‘the most investigated innocent person in America’ in her new Hulu documentary ‘Hillary’ airing Friday
The four-hour series features extraordinary access to the Clintons’ inner circle and examines Hillary’s public life from her student days to losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.
She admits she is a ‘less than ideal politician’ but is a ‘good public official’.
Hillary takes responsibility for her icy relationship with the press and says she ‘knew there was a game to be played and I was striking out all the time’.
At times in the Hulu documentary she puts the blame onto others, rather than examining her own missteps.
Hillary says: universal press release ‘Going all the way back to the Whitewater days. I’ve never understood this and I will go to my grave not understanding it. All these things get disproved, but the press, and I’m talking about the major press, they always bite.
‘And I don’t know why. There’s an old joke about an old guy who is walking along the edge of the cliff, he slips and as he’s falling down and he grabs onto a branch and he’s holding on and he’s praying, PR going “God, God I’ve lived a good life, I’ve done everything I supposed to do…please Lord help me, help me.”
‘And then this voice comes out and says “There’s just something about you that pisses me off”‘.
As Hillary sees it, ‘I am the most investigated innocent person in America.
‘This is not just politics, this is deep cultural stuff’.
The former First Lady is pictured at the New York City premiere of the documentary on Wednesday night
The four-part series features extraordinary access to the Clintons’ inner circle and examines Hillary’s public life from her student days to losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump
Hillary’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri spoke in the documentary about the email scandal, saying the team initially dismissed the damning news
When the news of the use of her private email server while she was Secretary of State broke in March 2015, Hillary’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri initially dismissed it.
Palmieri tells the documentary they thought ‘apologize to who?’ and ‘for what?’
As Hillary puts it: ‘When I became Secretary of State I decided to use the server that had been set up for Bill and his former president’s office.
The documentary titled Hillary, premieres Friday on Hulu
‘I did it as a matter of convenience. There was no regulation against it, there was nothing against it. Everybody knew I was doing it because they were all emailing me and I was emailing them and that was hundreds and hundreds of people in government’.
Hillary addresses all the major scandals of her career in the documentary through the prism of her feelings of being a victim.
She speaks about the militant attack on a U.S. government facility in 2012 in Benghazi, resulting in the deaths of four Americans.
Hillary was subjected to multiple Congressional investigations and says ‘that kind of constant character assault takes a toll’.
She says: press release ‘Even people who are supporters or friends, they brush it off but it still has a little space in the back of their heads. So if something else happens the space gets a little bigger. That’s been the story of my public life’.
Hillary doesn’t see anything wrong with making speeches to the likes of Goldman Sachs in the documentary, even though many of the Wall Street giants had received billions from the government to bail them out after the 2008 financial crash.
She tells the series: ‘I made speeches to the camping association. I made speeches to doctors. That’s how I made some money when I got out of the State Department.
I didn’t take one of these phony jobs where you’re fronting for a corporation. I made a speech for an hour – and they paid me’.
Hillary’s running mate Tim Kaine said in the documentary that Barack Obama said of Donald Trump, ‘You’ve got to keep a fascist out of the White House’
The series examines the downfall of Hillary’s 2016 Presidential run and features a number of revealing anecdotes about the campaign
Asked about apologizing for press release her comments about ‘Super Predators’ in the 1990s that came back to haunt her in 2016 when Black Lives Matter protesters threw them in her face, she bristled.
Hillary dismissively says during her interview: PR ‘I was always trying to explain things that people didn’t want to hear’.
The documentary addresses the decision by former FBI director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Hillary’s emails a week before the election
Others who were interviewed for the project provide more insight, like the New York Times chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker, who says that Hillary is blinded by her belief that she is a ‘righteous’ person.
If she decides it’s an okay thing to do its okay’, says Baker, adding that ‘anyone who criticizes it must be doing so for illegitimate reasons, they’re partisan, they’re enemies’.
Hillary’s 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook calls her in-depth knowledge of policy her ‘superpower’.
But it is also her greatest weakness because it means her messages are too complicated.
The series also features a number of revealing anecdotes about the 2016 campaign.
During a private moment with Tim Kaine, Hillary’s Vice Presidential candidate, he talks about a call the previous night from Barack Obama.
Kaine said: ‘(Obama said) Tim, remember, this is no time to be a purist. You’ve got to keep a fascist out of the White House’.
Hillary replies: ‘I echo that sentiment. His agenda is other people’s agenda…he is the vehicle, the vessel for all these other people’.
Kaine can be heard in the documentary talking about Paul Manafort and ‘all these weird connections.’ A woman who is with them says ‘the Ukraine thing is weird.’
Hillary replies: ‘And (Michael) Flynn who is a paid tool for Russian television…the way Putin has taken over the political apparatus…’ before the camera operator is asked to move away.
Huma Abedin joined forces with Hillary Clinton on the red carpet for PR the New York premiere of her highly anticipated four-part documentary on Wednesday. Hillary says in the documentary that when news broke of her husband Anthony Weiner’s texting scandal, Abedin ‘burst into tears’
The documentary addresses the decision by former FBI director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Hillary’s emails a week before the election.
He did so because it appeared new emails sent by Hillary had been found on a laptop that belonged to Anthony Weiner, the husband of her close aide Huma Abedin, who was being investigated for sexting a 15-year-old girl.
Hillary said that when it was reported, Abedin ‘burst into tears’.
Palmieri, the communications chief, said: ‘By the time we got to the plane she was hysterical like I’ve never seen her before. It was horrible’.
Hillary said: ‘She just said he’s gonna kill me, he’s just gonna kill me’.
Palmieri said: ‘I don’t think she meant like Anthony would murder her but he was going to be the death of her. Hillary and I were like’ – she went wide-eyed.