During an interview with Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace told Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, that everything the FBI Director said during his congressional hearing “directly contradicted” her public remarks, but Clinton thinks otherwise.
“That’s not what I heard Director Comey say,” Clinton said. “Comey said my answers were truthful and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the e-mails,” Clinton said.
As PolitiFact rated it, Clinton’s pants are on fire, as she was caught selectively spinning Comey’s original statements to give her image a more positive narrative.
During Comey’s congressional hearing to ensure that the FBI investigated Clinton correctly, the chair of the House Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy, asked Comey if Clinton’s claim that there was “nothing marked classified on her e-mails either sent or received” was true.
Comey’s answer was no.
“I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. There is no classified material,” Gowdy said, quoting Clinton. “Was that true?”
Comey’s answer was no.
“There was classified material emailed,” Comey said.
Clinton’s aides, according to The Washington Post, said she was referring to Comey saying that “we have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI,” when she said “truthful.”
Comey’s mentioned statement though was in reference to the private FBI interview that was conducted, not to her on-the-record public remarks.
During the hearing, Comey said he wasn’t “qualified” to answer if she had lied to the American public or not as the FBI didn’t investigate her public remarks. Comey recognized that it was possible Clinton wasn’t “technically sophisticated” enough to recognize what the classified markings meant but also said that Clinton and any other government official that would have had access to them should have been able to identify them.
During the investigation, the FBI found that out of 30,000 emails Clinton handed over to the State Department, 110 emails from 52 email chains contained information that was considered classified at the time they were sent or received. Out of those 110, eight of those chains contained information that was considered Top Secret, 36 were considered Secret and eight were Confidential.
“There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” Comey said.
Clinton’s defense of her “truthful narrative” during the interview also included her throwing her aides under a burning bus- metaphorically speaking- implying that it was their fault she improperly and in the words of Comey, was “extremely careless” in handling the classified material that was found in her private server.
“I relied on and had every reason to rely on the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked,” Clinton said. “And so, in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, ‘Well, those-among those 300 people-they made the wrong call.”
“[E]ven if information is not marked ‘classified’ in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it,” Comey said.
Just like Politifact rated her claim to be “Pants on Fire” and the Washington Post with “Four Pinnochio’s” we rate her claim to be Guilty!
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