Speaking as if she were some hard-wired machine, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton responded to be called out yet again for lying by saying she “may have short-circuited.”
Speaking at a gathering of black and Hispanic journalists in Washington, Clinton tried to explain away a comment made on “Fox News Sunday” that FBI Director James Comey had said she was “truthful” in her public responses about her private email server.
The Washington Post gave the claim “4 Pinocchios,” and Politifact rated it “Pants on Fire.”
Continuing a practice of using “excessively technical and legalistic answers to explain her actions,” as described by The Post’s Glenn Kessler, Clinton offered up a song and dance Friday stressing that Comey said there was no evidence that she lied — to the FBI. Never mind that the director never commented on what she told the public.
“I was pointing out in both of those instances, that Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful. That really is the bottom line here,” she said. “What I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly. I may have short-circuited and for that I will try to clarify.”
Asked about 4-Pinocchios statement on FBI Director Comey and her emails, Hillary says she may have “short-circuited” https://t.co/bEd9iHERGR
— Independent Journal (@TheIJR) August 5, 2016
And, with a heavy emphasis on the term “marked,” Clinton STILL insists she “never sent or received anything that was marked classified.”
For the record, Comey said there were “110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received.”
He went on to explain that “eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information.”
Hillary Clinton maintains: ‘I never sent or received anything that was marked classified’ https://t.co/tPcowFOaWL
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 5, 2016
H/T: Video tweets from IJR
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