Billionaire business magnate and Hillary Clinton supporter Warren Buffett called the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email server a "mistake" while sitting down with CNBC’s Becky Quick on Tuesday.
"I would say it was a mistake. It was a mistake to have the private server and I think it was a mistake, in the first talk she acknowledged the fact she would have done it differently," Buffett said. "I think it's better to be very blunt in those kinds of situations, say ‘I made a mistake,’ and, you know, fortunately, not result in any breach of security or confidential. But the best thing to do is get it behind you."
Buffett repeatedly rebuked the Clinton campaign’s handling of the email scandal but was confident the candidate would be able to put the issue behind her.
Despite his self-described loathing for super PACs in the political process, Buffett donated $25,000 to the Ready For Hillary super PAC before Clinton officially jumped into the race.
"It’s a good one because I did not know it was a super PAC. They had a maximum, which was $25,000. I think of super PACs as these things with hundreds of thousands or millions in them," Buffett said in April. "I did not know it was a super PAC. I am not for super PACs, but it is absolutely true that I donated $25,000."
Buffett said he would not send Clinton any major checks but will bundle money for her. The Oracle of Omaha has predicted his favorite candidate will win the presidency.
Clinton has seen her favorability numbers suffer ever since entering the presidential race in April, and the drip-drip nature of her email scandal has been an aggravating factor in the decline. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) now leads her in polling in New Hampshire and is closing in on her advantage in Iowa.