In a heated and defiant appearance” over the weekend, Secretary Clinton lashed out at Republicans in a desperate bid to shift blame for the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server and the classified information found on her account.  Her strategy fell as flat as her stand up, with numerous commentators ridiculing her claims of a ‘partisan witch hunt’ when the email controversy – and the significant national security concerns it has raised – is a problem entirely of her own making:  

  • The Washington Post’s David Ignatius: “This Is a Self-Inflicted Wound” “It’s not a trivial issue.  Secretary Clinton wandered into this with her email server, she’s been scrambling ever since. … This is a self-inflicted wound.  She has nobody to blame but herself.”  (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/18/15)
  • RealClearPolitics’ Alexis Simendinger: “Clinton Can Blame Herself” “Clinton can blame herself. She may point to Republicans as culprits behind a barrage of partisan attacks, but she was advised to pull back the email curtain, seek an independent review, turn over her server and respond exhaustively to questions. She declined.” (RealClearPolitics, 8/15/15)
  • The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson: “Hard To Claim This Is All Just a Partisan Witch Hunt When the Justice Department Under a Democratic Administration Is Looking Into the Whole Email Mess” “It’s hard to claim this is all just a partisan witch hunt when the Justice Department under a Democratic administration is looking into the whole email mess.   So, that doesn’t ring so true.” (NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 8/16/15)
    • Robinson: “If Clinton now has political problems because of the e-mails — or, potentially,  even legal trouble — it’s her own doing.” (The Washington Post, 8/17/15)
  • The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Hillary Clinton Is Trying to Make the E-Mail Controversy Political. But, Really, It Isn’t” “Hillary Clinton is trying to make the e-mail controversy political. But, really, it isn’t. … Without an aggressive push by Republicans, we might have never known about Clinton's e-mail server. True. But now that we do know, trying to cast the story as nothing more than the same old partisan warfare misses the factual mark. By a lot.” (The Washington Post, 8/15/15)
  • Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin: “They're Dealing with this Issue with Spin and Misdirection” “They're dealing with this issue with spin and misdirection rather than authenticity and honesty and openness, which is what the public would like, I think, with everyone. … And as long as their posture toward it is to deny and to spin, I think she's setting herself for this to be a very long-running problem.” (CBS’ “Face the Nation,” 8/15/15)
  • The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty: “It’s Impossible to Say this Is Just a Partisan Witch Hunt” “It’s impossible to say this is just a partisan witch hunt.  You know, she was saying that about the Benghazi investigation on the Hill. You cannot say that when the F.B.I. is involved and when the department of justice, as we reported on Friday, has assigned the same prosecutor who prosecuted David Petraeus to this case.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/17/15)
  • Bob Woodward: “But, the other issue here is, for Hillary Clinton to go out, as she did, in recent days and say, this is politics. This is dirty politics. They're trying to smear me in an unfair way, that dog will not hunt, at all. You have got Barack Obama's government now investigating her and looking at this.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/17/15)
  • The Charlotte Observer: “It Was Clinton, Not the Right Wing, Who Sent and Received More Than 60,000 Emails While Secretary of State on a Personal Account” This wound is entirely self-inflicted. It was Clinton, not the right wing, who sent and received more than 60,000 emails while secretary of state on a personal account run through a private server in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home. That was a deliberate attempt to block the pesky public from ever nosing around in public records.  Clinton deleted more than 31,000 of those emails, sitting as judge and jury over what’s a personal email and what’s not. Then she tried to wipe the server clean.” (Editorial, 8/18/15)
  • Former Democratic Aide Julie Roginsky: “When You Do Something You Should Not Have Done in the First Place…You’ve Got Really Nobody to Blame But Yourself When the Firestorm Erupts” “Julie Roginsky, a former aide to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), told Fox News’s ‘Media Buzz’ over the weekend that the criticism Clinton had received was ‘deserved and it is entirely self-inflicted by Hillary Clinton…When you do something you should not have done in the first place, which is put your public emails on a private server, you’ve got really nobody to blame but yourself when the firestorm erupts.’” (The Hill, 8/19/15)

Since its inception, the House Select Committee on Benghazi has remained squarely focused on getting all the facts surrounding the terrorist attacks that took the lives of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.  Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration have, for their part, repeatedly stonewalled those effortswithheld emails, and refused to turn over her server until the FBI was brought in.  Now, Secretary Clinton is deliberately misleading Americans and trying to deflect criticism for the choices she, and she alone, has made.  “Republicans will not stop until we get to the truth,” Speaker Boehner has made clear.  “We will press forward with our investigation until we have answers, full accountability, and justice.”