Hillary Clinton can’t stop lying about her emails.
During an interview in Denver, Colorado, Wednesday, Hillary Clinton once again misrepresented what the FBI director said about her public statements.
When KUSA’s Brandon Rittiman asked Clinton “what kind of stuff” was in the emails Trump “keeps harping on,” Clinton gave the same dishonest answer she gave on Fox News Sunday which earned her “four Pinocchios” from the Washington Post fact-checker.
Rittiman was referring to the emails on her homebrew server that were scrubbed before the FBI could investigate them.
“It was all personal stuff,” Clinton answered. “And we’ve said that consistently. And as the FBI said, everything that I’ve said publicly has been consistent and truthful with what I’ve told them. So, he can say whatever he wants, but the facts remain he owes the American people his tax returns, and we all are going to keep pushing him until he releases them.”
Practically everything she said there was untrue except this part: “And we’ve said that consistently.”
Yes, Hillary, you and your team have been lying about this quite consistently.
The deleted emails were almost certainly not “all personal stuff.”
Director Comey stated during his press conference on July 5 that although not all of her work-related emails were turned over to the State Department, the FBI was able to recover “several thousand work-related emails” that were not provided to them. Those emails had likely been deleted as “personal” by Clinton’s lawyers in late 2014.
Moreover, Comey said: “It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that [Clinton and her team] did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all emails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.”
That’s significant because there are some highly suspicious gaps in Clinton’s email history that correspond with foreign trips she went on while secretary of State.
For example, from July 17-23, 2009, Clinton made a high-profile visit to India and Thailand. She not only issued a pivotal joint statement with the Indian government on nuclear technology, she also met with Indian billionaires at the start of her visit. On July 22, she met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Thailand to discuss arms control. And yet, if you look at what she claims is her complete email record released by the State Department, on July 18 and July 20 of this trip, she did not send or receive a single email that was deemed work-related.
As Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer put it, as far as Hillary’s emails are concerned, “it’s not what’s in the record that’s most troubling. It’s what’s not there.”
But Clinton’s most egregious fib was her insistence that “the FBI said everything that I’ve said publicly has been consistent and truthful with what I’ve told them.”
But more importantly, Comey refused to take a position on what Clinton has said publicly. As WaPo fact checker Glenn Kessler wrote:
When House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) asked whether Clinton had lied to the American public, Comey dodged: “That’s a question I’m not qualified to answer. I can speak about what she said to the FBI.”
At another point, Comey told Congress: “I really don’t want to get in the business of trying to parse and judge her public statements. And so I think I’ve tried to avoid doing that sitting here. … What matters to me is what did she say to the FBI. That’s obviously first and foremost for us.”
Comey’s professionalism and decency may have steered him away from commenting on Clinton’s obvious falsehoods, but no such decency has stopped Clinton from making public statements misrepresenting what the FBI director said.