August 1, 2016

Mook Doubles Down On Well-Established Lie About Clinton’s Emails

Yesterday, The Washington Post gave Secretary Clinton the dreaded “Four Pinocchios” for claiming during a Fox News Sunday interview that the FBI found her email statements to be truthful:

(For the record, FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s handling of classified material on her private server “extremely careless” and a practice of “real sloppiness.”)

This morning, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook tried to double down on what was already a well-established lie. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mook was asked how Clinton could possibly say that she did not send or receive classified material on Fox News Sunday. Utterly incapable of answering this question, Mook replied, “Well, first of all, she said it was a mistake and apologized and said she would do it differently if she could go back.”

Mook’s next move, to blame career State Department officials for engaging with Clinton over her unsecured system, did not sit well with MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, who said she used to work at the State Department:

JORDAN: “But weren’t they forced to be in that position though because  they had no other outlet to communicate with her so you can’t really put the blame on the State Department professionals if the leader of their organization is saying, ‘Email us at this address, it’s the only option you have.’”

MOOK: Well, classified information is sent over a completely separate system, so it was their decision to send it.

JORDAN: Oh yeah, I know that, I worked at the State Department, too.

SCARBOROUGH: But that makes it even worse then. She was forcing everybody that wanted to communicate with her to move out of the classified realm where you send classified information, and then put it on their own servers and send it to you. Isn’t that even worse?

MOOK: Well, and you’d understand this, that’s simply not true. You just don’t send classified information over the unclassified system. …”

That last line from Mook, of course, is exactly what FBI Director Comey said Clinton did…