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Clinton's 4 Spin Meisters Can't Spin 4 Pinocchios

- August 1, 2016

This Morning Team Clinton Failed Not Once, Not Twice, But Four Times In Its Defense Of Her Repeated Lies On Her Email Scandal


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • This Sunday, Clinton continued her habit of lying by claiming the FBI found her statements to the public regarding her secret server scandal to be "truthful."
  • The Washington Post's Fact Checker immediately seized upon her remarks, finding her "my answers were truthful" remarks to be completely false.
  • Clinton's campaign manager went on Morning Joe where he got torn to shreds by their panel on his failed spin to clean-up Clinton's remarks.
  • Clinton's chief strategist went on air and doubled down on Clinton's answer. 
  • Clinton's spokesman went onto MSNBC and completely disregarded The Fact Checker's findings.
  • Clinton's campaign chair quadrupled down on spinning the FBI Director, claiming he said Clinton's answers were "truthful." 

THE FALLOUT FROM CLINTON'S DISASTROUS DEFENSE OF HER SECRET SERVER IS RAMPING UP THIS MORNING, AS HER TEAM DESPERATELY TRIES TO CLEAN-UP HER FACT CHECKED RESPONSE

Yesterday, Clinton Actually Said That The FBI Found That Her "Answers Were Truthful" When It Came To Her Secret Server

This Sunday, Clinton Lied On Her Email Scandal Saying She Never Sent Classified Information And That Her Answers Had Been "Truthful." FOX NEWS' CHRIS WALLACE: The e-mails - I want to ask about one aspect, what you told the American people." CLINTON (CLIP): "I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. There is no classified materials. I am confident that Ii never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time. I had not sent classified material nor received anything marked classified." WALLACE: "After a long investigation, FBI director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true." CLINTON: "Chris, that's not what I heard Director Comey say, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity, in my view, 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. I was communicating with over 300 people in my e-mailing. They certainly did not believe and 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." WALLACE: "But in a congressional hearing on July 7th, Director Comey directly contradicted what I had told the public." REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC) (CLIP): "Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her e-mails either sent or received. Was that true?" DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY (CLIP): "That was not true." GOWDY (CLIP): "Secretary Clinton said I did not send any classified material that was classified material. Was that true?" COMEY (CLIP): "There was classified material e-mailed." WALLACE: "He directly contradicted. Not only he directly contradicted what you said, he also said in that hearing that you were extremely careless and negligent." CLINTON: "Well, Chris, 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 e-mail addresses. I have said that and I repeat it again today. It is certainly not anything I would ever do again. I take classification seriously. I relied on and had 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. Ted there was no reason in my view to doubt the professionalism and the determination by the people who work every single day on behalf of our country." (Fox News Sunday , 7/31/16)

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Fact Checkers Immediately Faulted Clinton For Her "My Answers Were Truthful" Response

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Gave Clinton Four Pinocchio's For Her Assertion That The FBI Director Said She Was Truthful On Her Secret Server. "As we have seen repeatedly in Clinton's explanations of the email controversy, she relies on excessively technical and legalistic answers to explain her actions. While Comey did say there was no evidence she lied to the FBI, that is not the same as saying she told the truth to the American public-which was the point of Wallace's question. Comey has repeatedly not taken a stand on her public statements. And although Comey did say many emails were retroactively classified, he also said that there were some emails that were already classified that should not have been sent on an unclassified, private server. That's the uncomfortable truth that Clinton has trouble admitting." (Glenn Kessler, "Clinton's Claim That The FBI Director Said Her Email Answers Were 'Truthful,'" The Washington Post's Fact Checker , 7/31/16)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker's Glenn Kessler: The Reality Is That Clinton "Cherry-Picked Statements By [FBI Director James] Comey…Allow[ing] Her To Skate Past The More Disturbing Narrative About The Unusual Email Set-Up. "Clinton is cherry-picking statements by Comey in order to preserve her basic narrative about the unusual email set-up. This allows her to skate past the more disturbing findings of the FBI investigation. For instance, when Clinton asserts 'my answers were truthful,' a campaign aide said she is referring to this statement by Comey to Congress: 'We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.'" (Glenn Kessler, "Clinton's Claim That The FBI Director Said Her Email Answers Were 'Truthful,'" The Washington Post's Fact Checker , 7/31/16)

TODAY, TEAM CLINTON HAS BEEN IN FULL CLEAN-UP MODE TO NO AVAIL

Failed Spin Attempt #1: Robby Mook

Clinton's Campaign Manager Robby Mook Was Shredded By Morning Joe Panel Over Hillary Clinton's Email Lies. MSNBC'S JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Thanks for being with us. No we're not going to throw you a softball. How could Hillary Clinton say that she did not send or receive classified emails? She said that yesterday on Fox News. It was a shocking, jaw dropping moment." CLINTON CAMPAIGN MANAGER ROBBY MOOK: "First of all, Director Comey - well let me just say first of all she said that this was a mistake and she's apologized and said she'd do it differently if she could go back." SCARBOROUGH: "So let me ask you this. Could you not go to before that interview and say to her, Madame Secretary just say it was a mistake, and don't say anything you said in the U.S. press conference and let's move along. MOOK: "She has said repeatedly it was a mistake." SCARBOROUGH: "No, I'm asking could you do that? Would you be fired if you did that, or could you do that? MOOK: No, she would encourage me to tell her, to tell her the truth." SCARBOROUGH: "You might want to tell her that. You might want to tell her that next time, but go ahead." MOOK: "But she's - look she's said this was a mistake multiple times. She's apologized for it. What Director Comey said was that there was no basis for her to believe that the emails in question that you're referring to, that she had any reason to believe that they were classified at the time she got them." SCARBOROUGH: "I think he suggested the opposite. He said a reasonable person in her position should have known they were classified even if they weren't marked." MOOK: "Well, but that's leaving out the fact that these emails were coming from hundreds of State Department employees. These are long time tenured State Department professionals, worked for different administrations. These folks were not partisan. They were the ones sending her the emails. She - in his mind, she had no reason to believe they were classified. MSNBC'S ELISE JORDAN: "But weren't they forced to be in that position though? Because they had no other outlet to communicate with her. So you can't really put the blame on State Department professionals if the leader of their organization is saying email us at this address this is all - the only option you have." MOOK: "Well classified information is sent over a completely separate system. So it was their decision to send it through the -" JORDAN: "Oh yea, I know that. I worked at the State Department too." MOOK: "OK, well there you go. But, you understand that -" SCARBOROUGH: "That makes it even worse though. She was forcing everybody that wanted to communicate with her to move out of the classified realm, where you send classified information, and put it on their own servers and send it to her. Isn't that even worse?" MOOK: "Well, you'd understand this, that's simply not true. You just don't send classified information over the unclassified system and they knew that." SCARBOROUGH: "You would understand this. The FBI Director said she did." MOOK: "What the FBI Director testified, was that he did not see a basis to believe that she knew the information in question was classified when she received it. That's what he said. But Joe -" SCARBOROUGH: "Was I watching an alternate hearing? Because it seems to me he said just the opposite. That a reasonable person would have known." MOOK: "But the important caveat here, we can't see these emails. We don't know. We don't know if they were marked. We don't know if they were marked properly. We don't know. And so the fact of the matter is we are having to rely on what he is saying. And included in what he said was, he did not believe that when she received this emails she had any reason to believe they were classified." MSNBC'S MARK HALPERIN: "Was it a mistake, when she said it was a mistake to not - to have record keeping that allowed her to fill her obligations under FOIA? Was that a mistake?" MOOK: "She said if she could have gone back, she would've used a different -" HALPERIN: "Right, but was that a part of the mistake? That she failed to live up to her responsibilities under FOIA? Was that part of the mistake?" MOOK: "I think it is a totality." HALPERIN: "I'm asking about that specific thing right now. Was that a specific mistake? Was that a part of her failure that she apologized for?" MOOK: "I don't believe she has spoken specifically to that matter specifically. HALPERIN: "Right that's why I'm asking you though. Was that a mistake? Was that part of the mistake?" MOOK: "You're going to have to ask her that question. But she has said the choice was a mistake overall." HALPERIN: "I understand but then it seems like they - that seems like it was a mistake because it is a problem for me. Not it was a mistake because I have an obligation under FOIA. Was it a mistake, part of what she apologized for, that she potentially put classified information at risk? Which the FBI Director said she did because she emailed with people whose systems were vulnerable, and her system was vulnerable. Was that part of what she's apologized for?" MOOK: "I'm not going to get beyond - I'm going to let her speak to what her words mean. She has said this was a mistake. She has apologized. Obviously, it has caused a lot of complications, a lot of difficulty, and she regrets it. SCARBOROUGH: "Don't you think her interview yesterday created complications? Instead of just saying I made a terrible mistake, we need to move on. MOOK: "I think her remarks were slightly misinterpreted. Again what she was saying, she was saying what I said earlier, which is Comey testified she had no reason to believe, but also that Comey said in his testimony that everything she said to the FBI was true. And I can tell you, what she said to the FBI is the same as what she's been saying publicly." (MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' 8/1/16)

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Failed Spin Attempt #2: Joel Benenson

Today, Clinton's Chief Pollster Joel Benenson Doubled Down On Clinton's Remarks. CNN'S POPPY HARLOW: "Before I let you go, I want to ask you about the email exchange between Hillary Clinton and Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. I want to play this clip. Part of it is testimony of Comey on July 7th, and then part of it is Clinton this weekend in that interview." REP TREY GOWDY (R-SC) (CLIP): "Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her emails either sent or received, is that true?" FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY (CLIP): "That's not true." REP GOWDY (CLIP): "Secretary Clinton said 'I did not email any classified material to anyone and in the email there was no classified material,' is that true?" COMEY (CLIP): "There was classified material emailed." CLINTON (CLIP): "Director Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I've said is consistent with what I've told the American people. That there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails." HARLOW: "Okay so the Washington Post looked at this, they gave it four Pinocchios, and they said that your candidate Clinton is cherry picking statements to preserve your narrative. Your response?" JOEL BENENSON: "Well I think if you go back and look at the testimony, he was asked specifically by Congress on Friday - the day after he held his press conference, Mr. Comey did - were these materials marked classified? And he said 'no they weren't,' in fact, because the State Department corrected that, whatever markings were there, they weren't the proper markings for classified material. Some of them were marked in error in what was human error. That none of those materials were actually classified." HARLOW: "So you don't believe she's cherry picking here?" BENENSON: "I don't believe they were marked classified when they were sent and received. And I think the State Department confirmed that after his initial press conference and he confirmed it when Congress asked him about it the next day." (CNN's " Newsroom," 8/1/16)

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Failed Spin Attempt #3: Brian Fallon

Clinton Spokesman Brian Fallon, Went On MSNBC Where He Disregarded The Findings Of The Washington Post, Insisting That The FBI Director Found That Clinton Was Truthful. MSNBC'S TAMRON HALL: "Hi, so you have The Washington Post saying that this claim deserves Four Pinocchios here, how is the campaign trying to clarify what she said compared to what Comey said, which I have in front of me here." BRIAN FALLON: "Well, thanks, Tamron, for the opportunity to address it. Number one, as Secretary Clinton mentioned in that interview yesterday and has said repeatedly, obviously her use of a single account for a personal e-mail account for work purposes was a mistake, it was an error, she regrets it and has apologized for it. I think the question she got yesterday was sort of suggesting that she had misrepresented things to the American people over the last several months, and what she attempted to indicate in her response was that Director Comey was very clear when he was asked in the hearing before Congress last month about the nature of the answers she gave in her interview to the Justice Department and Director Comey in response, was quite clear he had no reason to believe that anything she ever said to the Justice Department was at all untruthful. And what she was indicating in that interview to Chris Wallace was that what she said to those Justice Department interviewers was entirely consistent with what she has said to the public for the last several months in the many questions we have answered on this issue." HALL: "But at the heart of the question was classified material in the e-mail was an exchange. Let me play what Director Comey said when asked that." REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC) (CLIP): "Secretary Clinton said 'there was nothing marked classified' on her e-mails, either sent or received. Was that true?" FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY (CLIP): "That's not true. There were a small number of portion markings on I think three of the documents." GOWDY (CLIP): "Secretary Clinton said 'I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. There is no classified material.' Was that true?" COMEY (CLIP): "There was classified material e-mailed." HALL: "I know this morning, Robby Mook said these were employees who sent the classified e-mail to Secretary Clinton. Do you understand why that received a 'what?' from a number of people after she said it in that interview?" FALLON: "Let me just address those two points raised in that round of questioning that you just played, because later in that same congressional appearance, Director Comey expanded on those answers and so on the first point, Director Comey indicated that, yes, there were three e-mails that appeared to have something resembling markings. What he said later in the same hearing is that those were improper markings and anyone reading those three e-mails could have reasonly concluded the information was not classified. That's why we have resolved that issue, notwithstanding that exchange you just played. The second issue that Trey Gowdy raised there with Director Comey was about the 110 e-mails that Director Comey says were classified at the time. Um, but what we have always maintained and still maintain is that she did not believe that those e-mails were classified. They lacked any markings. They were sent to her by people that know the difference between what's classified and what's not. So she was acting entirely in good faith and had no reason to believe those e-mails were classified. And later in his congressional appearance, the Director acknowledged that he had no reason to question that -- whether Hillary Clinton actually believed those e-mails were classified. So on both of those two points, he expanded on his answers later in the hearing and that's what Secretary Clinton was referencing in her interview with Chris Wallace yesterday." HALL: "Alright Brian, Thank you so much for your time. We greatly appreciate it. Thank you." ( MSNBC, 8/1/16)

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Failed Spin Attempt #4: John Podesta

Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta Insisted To NBC's Andrea Mitchell That The FBI Found Her Statements To Be "Truthful ." MSNBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL: "On another subject, why did Hillary Clinton say to Chris Wallace on Fox that the FBI Director had said she'd been 'truthful.' What he said, there was no evidence she was untruthful. She got Four Pinocchio's from The Washington Post for that." CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHAIR JOHN PODESTA: "Well look, I think what she said and what we believe is -- and what I think Director Comey said in his testimony when he finally testified before congress was that Director Comey believed that she was telling the truth when she said she did not believe that those e-mails were classified. They had no classification markings, they were coming from over 300 senior level individuals people who had vast experience of handling classified information. and that was her only comment. I want to reiterate, she also said that she thought having a personal e-mail system was a mistake. These were e-mails that were traversing unclassified government systems as well as coming to her e-mail system, but she said it was a mistake, she learned her lesson, said she wouldn't do it again. So I think all in all, i think we've heard a lot about this, but what Director Comey my finally concluded was that no reasonable person would conclude that she was doing other than telling what she believed at the time which was they were not classified." ( MSNBC, 8/1/16)

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