2016 Election: Maybe it's because she has gotten away with it
for so long, but Hillary Clinton seems to get more brazen in her
mendacity as she gets closer to the White House. Case in point
is her interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News over the weekend.
At one point, Wallace asks Clinton about claims she made about
her use of a private, unsecured email server while secretary of
state, which the FBI investigation determined were completely
Wallace shows clips where Clinton says things like: "I did not
email any classified material to anyone," and "I never sent nor
received any information that was classified at the time," and
"I had not sent classified material nor received anything marked
Note the subtle change in language between the first and last
claim, which Clinton had to modify after thousands of emails
turned up that the State Department determined to contain
But it was all a lie. As FBI Director James Comey pointed out at
his press briefing, out of the 30,000 emails Clinton turned
over, 110 contain "classified information at the time they were
sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information
that was Top Secret at the time they were sent." (Emphasis
Among the thousands of work emails Clinton failed to turn over --
despite her repeated statements that she had turned over
everything -- "three were classified at the time they were sent
When Comey testified at a Congressional hearing about his
findings, Rep. Trey Gowdy asked him point-blank where Clinton
was being truthful in her claims. "That's not true," he said.
So what was Clinton's response when Wallace confronted her with
her own quotes, as well as Comey's statement?
"Director Comey said my answers were truthful," she told Wallace.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Her lie was so blatant that even the Washington Post's in-house
fact checker awarded Clinton "Four Pinocchios" -- aka "whoppers."
In her interview with Wallace, Clinton went on to blame the 300
people she emailed with, some of whom, she said, "made the wrong
call" when it came to handling classified material.
But Comey had blown up that defense as well, saying at his press
briefing that she and anyone in her position "should have known
that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,"
adding that "even 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."
In other words, one of those people who "made the wrong call"
was Clinton herself, since she authored some of the classified
emails she sent from her unsecured private email server, and
should have known better. Her statement to Wallace that "I take
classification seriously" looks like just another lie.
Clinton defenders will no doubt respond to this by saying that
"At this point, what difference does it make?" The FBI let
Clinton off the hook. Only her Clinton-hating Republicans
critics won't let it go.
But criminal or not, Clinton's actions when she was secretary of
state -- and her lies and obfuscations about it since -- are
about judgment, honesty and trustworthiness, which are baseline
qualifications for being president.
As she demonstrated again over the weekend, Clinton glaringly
lacks any of these qualities.