Fox News got the opportunity Monday to grill former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the first time since her email scandal broke — and she’s sticking to her story: She neither sent nor received anything marked classified.
Using her logic, if a memo isn’t headlined “memo,” it can’t be a memo — it’s just a sheet of paper with some letters printed on it.
She also said that the FBI had never told her she’s under investigation; so in her mind, that must mean she’s not being investigated.
The questioning took place in Detroit during a Democratic presidential candidate town hall hosted by Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
His first two questions elicited curt two-word answers from Clinton.
“I’ve heard others say that neither you nor your lawyers have been apprised that you’re the target of the investigation,” the anchor asked.
“Absolutely true,” she replied.
“Have you or your lawyers been apprised that your current or former staff are targets of the investigation?” Baier asked.
“Absolutely not,” the Democratic presidential candidate replied.
Baier then asked if she had been aware that her email server may be sought as evidence when she and her attorneys had deleted approximately 32,000 emails from it.
That one caused her to start speaking — while ignoring the question.
“Let me clarify this, because, you know, there’s much misinformation going on around here,” Clinton began.
After admitting that it was a mistake to use a private email service, she gave the “other people did it” excuse while ignoring that the other people didn’t keep the server in their basement.
“Nothing I sent was marked classified or that I received was marked classified,” she argued.
Baier wasn’t going to let her off the hook so easily.
“The State Department has redacted and declared 2,101 of your work emails as classified — at least at the confidential level,” he said. “Forty-four classified as secret, 22 classified as top secret.”
He then compared these findings to a previous statement she’d made.
“You said at a March press conference in 2015, quote: ‘I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material,’ So can we say definitively that that statement’s not accurate?” he asked.
“No, you can’t” she replied against all logic, claiming that “the State Department decides” what is classified.
As Secretary of State, however, she was the State Department.
Watch the clip via Fox News.
Iowa Law School Professor Andy Grewal observed:
Under Hillary Clinton’s logic, it’s apparently impossible to send classified info because it’s only later marked that way. #DemTownHall
— Andy Grewal (@AndyGrewal) March 7, 2016
Or, to put it more simply:
Dear Hillary: Info isn’t classified because it’s marked classified, it’s marked classified because it’s classified.
— Eric H. (@ericinva) March 7, 2016
private server, hillary. not just private email. that breaks the rule. and they don’t need to be marked “classified”
— RobH (@RobHoey) March 7, 2016
— Karen, RN (@kdubrn) March 8, 2016
Hillary setup this server specifically so she could say “nothing was marked classified” when she ultimately received these questions.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 7, 2016
But by far the most delicious tweet was this one:
Just curious – will Hillary’s highly likely indictment be “marked” indictment?#DemTownHall
— Blue State Snooze (@BlueSnoozeBlue) March 7, 2016
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