Nine false claims in Hillary Clinton’s latest interview → http://t.co/9RE8AvgHby— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) September 4, 2015
Repeating something over and over again doesn’t make it true.
The former Secretary of State’s interview with MSNBC today was her latest attempt to explain away her exclusive use of a personal email account and private server for official government business, but all she did was stick to the same false statements she’s been feeding the American people for months:
1. “My personal email use was fully above board. It was allowed by the State Department, as they have confirmed.”
The Inspectors General of the Intelligence Community and the State Department said in a joint statement that Clinton’s “emails contained classified information when they were generated,” and that this “classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.”
A reporter asked a State Department spokesman this week whether he could “say from that podium categorically that Secretary Clinton followed the rules and the law?”
“I’m just not going to answer that question,” he said.
2. “I have been as transparent as I could, asking that all 55,000 pages be released to the public, turning over my server…”
Clinton tried to hide all of her emails. She turned over nothing when she left the employment of the federal government, as required by law. She refused to provide any of her Benghazi-related emails until the House Select Committee forced the Obama State Department to obtain them from her. Even then, she only turned over those that she wanted to, and then deleted the rest.
As journalists tweeted this week, these are only the emails that Clinton did not delete, and they are only being released because of FOIA lawsuits filed by news organizations.
3. “The people in the government knew that I was using a personal account.”
President Obama said he didn’t know. Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said he didn’t know. Former Senior Advisor to the President David Axelrod said he didn’t know. The State Department IT Help Desk didn’t know.
So who knew? Clinton still won’t say. Neither will the State Department.
4. “I have gone the extra step and gone through all of the emails that I had, from those four years in the State Department, to make sure that anything, even being overly inclusive, that could possibly be work related was made available to the State Department.”
The Obama administration has confirmed that Clinton withheld at least 15 work-related emails, including some related to Libya and the Benghazi attack.
Even if that wasn’t the case, there is no way for Clinton to prove that what she is saying is true, because she and her lawyers alone decided what to turn over and what to delete. She and her lawyers wiped her server clean, and now we’ll have to see what the FBI is able to recover from it.
5. “I was asked [by my lawyers], ‘do you need to keep your personal emails?’ I said, ‘no, I don't. You can delete those.’ And they were.”
Maybe so. But earlier this year, Clinton admitted that “I don’t throw anything away. I’m like two steps short of a hoarder.” So why did she delete thousands and thousands of emails that Benghazi investigators in Congress had been requesting for years?
6. “I'm so careful about classified information. And as has been confirmed repeatedly by the inspectors general over and over, I did not send or receive any material marked classified.”
Clinton deserves extra points for this shameless spin. As noted above, the inspectors general actually confirmed that her “emails contained classified information when they were generated.”
7. “We dealt with classified material on a totally different system. … I take classified material very, very seriously.”
According to news reports this week, we now know that while she was the president's chief foreign affairs adviser, “Clinton wrote and sent at least six e-mails using her private server that contained what government officials now say is classified information.”
We also know that of the Clinton emails released so far by the State Department, 87 threads “include information shared in confidence by foreign government officials, from prime ministers to spy chiefs.” Reuters reported that “this sort of information, whether written or spoken, must be classified from the start, and handled through secure, government-controlled channels.”
8. “And we followed all the rules on classified material.”
According to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual, “Classified material should not be stored at a facility outside the chancery, consulate, etc., merely for convenience.” Yet it was on Clinton’s home server, and it remained there and on her lawyer’s thumb drive after she left the employment of the government. The Manual states that “When departing a post upon transfer, resignation, or retirement, each employee, irrespective of rank, must certify as part of the post clearance procedure that: (1) They are not taking classified material from the post through any other than authorized means; (2) Such material is not in their household or personal effects[.]”
9. “I was not thinking a lot when I got in [to office]. … I didn't really stop and think, ‘what kind of email system will there be?’”
Not a comforting defense to say the least, given the fact that she knew China and Russia “were going after the personal emails of people who worked in the State Department.”
Regardless, according to The Washington Post, “Examining the registry information for ‘clintonemail.com’ reveals that the domain was first created on Jan. 13, 2009 – one week before President Obama was sworn into office, and the same day that Clinton's confirmation hearings began before the Senate.”
Coincidence? You decide.