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Nice try, congresswoman, but no cigar.
Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to defend Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server Sunday — but her argument came out hollow and weak.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace closed his interview of Wasserman Schultz, who is also a Florida congresswoman, by asking if she can still dismiss the notion of the former secretary of state facing legal problems given the FBI’s continued investigation.
“How do you know that?” he asked her.
“I’m simply confident that as the investigation continues that Hillary Clinton has made it clear, and there are scores of individuals who are associated with the federal government that have indicated that it’s clear that she conducted herself completely legally, that she was able to use private email just like previous Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, and I think that at the end of the day this is going to amount to nothing more than an investigation when they take a close look,” she said. “I think she’s going to be fine.”
Wallace noted that the FBI has assigned dozens of agents to its criminal of Clinton which Director James Comey indicated could go past the Democratic National Convention.
“Are you saying it’s all a waste of time?” Wallace asked of the FBI investigation.
“I’m not commenting on it one way or the other, other than to say—” Schultz started.
“Wait a minute, you have. You said it’s ludicrous,” Wallace interrupted.
“Yes, and I’m going to say it again,” Schultz said. “It’s ludicrous to keep raising the question of whether this plays out to an unfortunate end. Hillary Clinton has released 55,000 pages of emails, has provided the most transparency of probably any previous presidential candidate in terms of the conversations that she’s had as secretary of state, as a public official.”
Wasserman Schultz claimed Clinton had used private email “in the same way that previous secretaries of state have done.”
“You know that’s not true,” Wallace said. “Nobody says that’s true.”
“Other than the private server,” Schultz corrected herself.
“Well, other than the private server is a big deal, and nobody had 30,000 work emails on their private server or their private email, period,” Wallace observed. “So the comparisons to Colin Powell … that’s just not true, Congresswoman.”
“It certainly is true, because Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry all used private email to communicate with their staff,” Schultz said.
“Maybe a dozen, not 30,000,” Wallace said.
“I’m, I’m not counting,” Schultz said. “But over the course of her term, she used private email and was allowed to use private email. That’s not in dispute … At the end of the day, this is a distraction.”
Wasserman Schultz has been accused of using her position as DNC chairwoman to promote Clinton to the exclusion of any other Democratic candidate.
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