Hillary’s answer to FBI investigation: ‘I cannot control what the Republicans leak’

Sunday spin is getting harder for Hillary.

On “Meet the Press,” when Hillary Clinton asked about the latest inspector general’s report indicating that data “more sensitive than top-secret” had passed through her private server, the former secretary of state said she couldn’t control what the Republicans leaked.

“Last week you were asked about the FBI investigation. Are you concerned?” NBC News host Chuck Todd asked. “You said you haven’t been contacted by them. Are you concerned the investigation is taking too long? That it’s putting an extra cloud over your candidacy and until it gets behind you, you’re going to have these issues and Michael Bloomberg even cited it as a reason why he’s thinking about running.”

“No, I’m not concerned because I know what the facts are. I never sent or received any material marked ‘Classified,’” Clinton replied.

But no one made any claim about the classification markings on her emails. No matter how they were marked, they contained classified information. She continued, stating that she couldn’t control what the GOP leaked, before going off on a tangent.

“I cannot control what the Republicans leak and what they are contending and I thought it was interesting, Chuck, you’ll as a political observer understand why. Back a couple months ago Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spilled the beans that the Benghazi investigation was all about bringing me down, something that I suspected but I went ahead, testified for 11 hours, answered all their questions and even they admitted there was nothing new. Now Senator Grassley shows up at a Trump rally yesterday in Iowa, he’s the chairman of the judiciary committee who has — and his staff have been behind and pushing a lot of these stories and announces he’s there for the simple reason, to defeat me. I can’t control what the Republicans are doing. But I know what the facts are and I will just keep putting them out there. This is something that I think is very clear about what happened and I know it will be over and resolved at some point but I can’t control the Republicans and their allies do, but I think it’s important for voters to know what are they doing.

 

Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2011 to issue the report — not the Republican Party.

Watch the exchange via NBC News.

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