Hillary Clinton gave her first interview since being named the Democrat nominee to Fox News and she used it to defend herself in the face of the scandals that have plagued her.
Her first counter-attack was to those who hold her responsible for the death of four Americans in the Benghazi attack of Sept. 11, 2012 and are angered by her blaming it on an anti-Islam YouTube video.
“If you go back and read everything that I said that day, I quoted people who talked about it being terrorism. I had already said it was terrorism. There was no doubt it was terrorism,” Clinton told Wallace. “I think there has been a confusion in the minds of some and exploiting that confusion for the advantage of others.”
Wallace questioned her lie that she didn’t send classified information on her private email server and the fact that FBI Director James Comey said she wasn’t truthful about it.
“Chris, that’s not what I heard Director Comey say, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity, in my view, to clarify. Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the e-mails,” she said. “I was communicating with over 300 people in my e-mailing. They certainly did not believe, and had no reason to believe, that what they were sending was classified. In retrospect, different agencies come in and say, well, it should have been, but that’s not what was happening in real time.”
But Wallace played clips of Comey telling Congress that Clinton’s assertion was untrue.
“He not only directly contradicted what you said, he also said in that hearing that you were extremely careless and negligent,” Wallace said.
“I looked at the whole transcript of everything that was said and what I believe is, number one, I made a mistake not using two different email addresses. I have said that and I repeat it again today,” she said before passing the blame on to others. “I relied on, and have every reason to rely on, the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked. And so, in retrospect maybe some people are saying ‘well among those 300 people, they made the wrong call.'”
That’s a long way from Truman’s “The buck stops here,” but what else would one expect from someone who has made a career out of blaming others for her mistakes?
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