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Clinton Continues Misleading On Email Scandal

- July 8, 2016

Clinton Refused To Accept The FBI's Conclusion That She Sent, Received Classified Material, And Should Have Known Not To

Clinton Refused To Accept The FBI's Conclusion That There Were 110 Classified Emails On Her Server. CLINTON: "I think there are about 300 people in the government, mostly in the State Department, but in other high positions in the government with whom I e-mailed over the course of four years, they, I believe, did not believe they were sending any material that was classified. They were pursuing their responsibilities. I do not think they were careless. And as I have said many times, I certainly did not believe that I received or sent any material that was classified, and, indeed, any of the -- any of the documents that have been referred to, I think were not marked or were marked inaccurately as has now been clarified." CNN's WOLF BLITZER: "But the FBI director did say about 110 e-mails were classified, various forms of classification. Even if they had not been marked, he said someone in your position as Secretary of State 'should have known better.' Here is the question -- should you have known better?" CLINTON: "I just believe that the material that was being communicated by professionals, many with years of handling sensitive classified material, they did not believe that it was. I did not have a basis for second-guessing their conclusion. And these were not marked. they were not marked, and in retrospect, some have said, well, they should have been, but they were not at the time." (CNN's " The Situation Room," 7/8/16)

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But FBI Director Comey Said That Clinton Sent More Than 100 Emails With Information That Was Classified At The Time . FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: "From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the state department in 2014, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was top secret at the time they were sent. 36 of those chains contained secret information at the time. And eight contained confidential information at the time. That's the lowest level of classification." (FBI Director James Comey, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 7/5/16)

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FBI Director Comey Said Clinton And Her Aides Were "Extremely Careless" In Their Handling Of Classified Information And Said Clinton And Those She Communicated "Should Have Known That An Unclassified System Was No Place" For The Conversations She Was Having. FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: "There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later 'up-classified' e-mails). None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government-or even with a commercial service like Gmail." (FBI Director James Comey, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 7/5/16)

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Clinton Refused To Agree To Cooperate With The State Department's Investigation Into Her Conduct

Clinton Refused To Commit To Cooperating With State Department Investigation. CNN's WOLF BLITZER: "The State Department, as you know, has decided now to reopen its own internal review of your use of that private e-mail server or servers, now that the Justice Department, the FBI, has completed its investigation. Will you cooperate with this new State Department investigation?" CLINTON: "Well, I assume they will pursue whatever process they think is appropriate and I also assume they will pay very close attention to what the findings were of the Justice Department Investigation. But, again, I will repeat, because I think this is important -- over 300 people were on these e-mail exchanges, some on many, some on a few, and these were experienced professionals who have had great years of dealing with classified material, and whatever they sent me, they did not believe and had, in my view, no reason to believe at the time that it was classified. So I am very proud of the work that we did during my four years. We dealt with two wars, financial collapse, the Arab Spring, and so much else. and I think that the professionals with whom I communicated were very careful about how they handled classified material, as I was over the course of those four years." BLITZER: "We are completely out of time but very quickly, will you cooperate with this new State Department investigation? Because I know you didn't cooperate with the Inspector General of the State Department in his investigation." CLINTON: "Well, there was a Justice Department Investigation going on at the time. And, of course, I fully cooperated with that." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 7/8/16)

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Yesterday, The State Department Announced It Has Reopened An Internal Investigation Of Possible Mishandling Of Classified Information By Clinton And Her Top Aides. "The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides. Spokesman John Kirby says the emails probe is restarting now that the Justice Department isn't pursuing a criminal prosecution. The State Department suspended its review in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry." (Bradley Klapper, "APNewsBreak: State Department Reopens Clinton Emails Probe," The Associated Press, 7/7/16)

Clinton And Her Aides Had Previously Promised To Cooperate With Investigators. "Mrs. Clinton and her aides have played down the inquiries, saying that she would cooperate with investigators to put the email issue behind her. Even so, through her lawyers, she declined to be interviewed by the State Department's inspector general as part of his review. So did several of her senior aides." (Steven Lee Myers, "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review,"The New York Times , 5/25/16)


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