August 7, 2016

On MTP, Tim Kaine Unable To Clarify Clinton’s Email Lies

This morning on “Meet The Press,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), was asked about Secretary Clinton’s claims that she “short-circuited” when asked about her emails last week on Fox News Sunday. At issue is Clinton’s claim that FBI Director James Comey said Clinton told the truth to the public. Politifact, Washington Post’s Fact Checker, FactCheck.org, and others all rated this statement false.

She unsuccessfully tried to clarify that lie on Friday at a joint meeting of the National Associations of Black and Hispanic Journalists. CNN reported on Clinton’s remarks:

“I was pointing out in both of those instances, that Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful. That really is the bottom line here,” she said. “What I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly. I may have short-circuited and for that I will try to clarify.”

Chuck Todd pressed Kaine on Clinton lying to the American public:

TODD: “Let me ask you, Senator Kaine, she seems to be conflating what she said to the FBI and what she said to the American public. Can you conclude here whether or not Secretary Clinton lied to the American public about sending and receiving classified email?”

KAINE: “Chuck, let me say this: I’m going to jump to the punch line. I have heard Hillary Clinton say over and over again when I’ve been sitting next to her and when I’ve watched her on TV that with respect to the e-mails, I’ve made a mistake and I’ve learned something, and I wouldn’t do it again. And I’ve heard her apologize. I did hear that back and forth, and I think Chris Wallace and Hillary were sort of talking past each other last week. She was saying what Director Comey acknowledged to be true, that when she spoke to the FBI, when she was talking to the FBI, the FBI thought her answers in that setting were truthful. Chris might have been asking her a different question, but the bottom line is this, she made a mistake and she said over and over again: ‘I made a mistake and I’ve learned from it, and I’m going to fix it and I apologize for it.’”

For someone looking for an answer to this question, they will need to look elsewhere. Kaine was unable to clarify Clinton’s lie aside from claiming Clinton “learned” from it and that she didn’t answer the question that was asked of her during the Fox News Sunday interview.