August 5, 2016

Hard To Watch: Clinton Tries, Fails To Clarify Her Email Lies

Secretary Clinton spoke to a joint meeting of the National Associations of Black and Hispanic Journalists, and was asked by NBC News’ Kristen Welker about her claim that FBI Director James Comey said her public statements about her emails were truthful. Politifact, Washington Post’s Fact Checker, FactCheck.org, and others all rated this statement profoundly false.

Today, Clinton tried to claim that Comey cleared her of wrongdoing through the transitive property. Clinton said her statements to Comey were truthful and that they were the same statement she made publicly. The problem? Comey’s press conference and testimony contradicted Clinton’s public statements:

“There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about those matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”

“None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these emails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at agencies and departments of the United States government — or even with a commercial email service like Gmail.”

Clinton’s inability to squirm out of this question was noted by the press: