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Sunday Show Email Spin

- March 6, 2016

Another Sunday, Another Set Of False And Misleading Claims By The Clinton Camp

CLINTON STILL CLAIMS THE FBI INVESTIGATION IS MERELY A "SECURITY REVIEW," IMPLIED IT WAS NOT CRIMINAL, AND DELCARED NO ONE WILL BE INDICTED

Clinton Stated That Immunity For Pagliano Is "Good News," Despite Democrats' Concern That "Somebody Is Going To Get Indicted." CBS'S JOHN DICKERSON: "Let me ask you a question about something that was in the news this week. Bryan Pagliano the former State Department staffer was granted immunity from prosecution in the criminal investigation into your email server, and when this happens I talk to Democrats and they worry that somebody is going to get indicted." CLINTON: "Well there is no basis for that, it's a security review." (CBS's " Face The Nation," 3/6/16)

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"The Clinton Campaign Has Described The Probe As A Security Review," But "Investigators Are Trying To Determine If A Crime Was Committed." "As part of the inquiry, law enforcement officials will look at the potential damage had the classified information in the emails been exposed. The Clinton campaign has described the probe as a security review. But current and former officials in the FBI and at the Justice Department have said investigators are trying to determine if a crime was committed." (Adam Goldman, "In Clinton Email Investigation, Justice Department Grants Immunity To Former State Department Staffer," The Washington Post , 3/2/16)

  • "'There Was Wrongdoing,' An Official Said. 'But Was It Criminal Wrongdoing.'" (Adam Goldman, "In Clinton Email Investigation, Justice Department Grants Immunity To Former State Department Staffer," The Washington Post , 3/2/16)

While The Investigation Began As A Security Referral, "Multiple Law Enforcement Officials Said The Matter Quickly Became An Investigation Into Whether Anyone Had Committed A Crime…" "The F.B.I.'s case did begin as a security referral from the inspectors general of the State Department and the nation's intelligence agencies, who were concerned that classified information might have been stored outside a secure government network. But multiple law enforcement officials said the matter quickly became an investigation into whether anyone had committed a crime in handling classified information." (Steven Lee Myers and Matt Apuzzo, "As Presidential Campaign Unfolds, So Do Inquiries Into Clinton's Emails," The New York Times , 3/2/16)

CLINTON AND ALLIES MADE OTHER LAUGHABLE CLAIMS

Clinton Spun Immunity Granted To The Former Aide Who Set Up Server Was "A Good Thing"

Clinton Claimed The Justice Department's Granting Of Immunity To Bryan Pagliano, The Former State Department Staffer That Set Up Clinton's Private Email Server, Was A "Good Thing." CBS'S JOHN DICKERSON: "Let me ask you a question about something that was in the news this week. Bryan Pagliano, the former state department staffer, was granted immunity from prosecution in the criminal investigation into your e-mail server, and when this happened I talked to Democrats they worry that somebody is going to get indicted." CLINTON: "Well, there is no basis for that, it's a security review. I'm delighted that he has agreed to cooperate, as everyone else has, and I think that we'll be moving toward a resolution of this." DICKERSON: "So, you see this - you see this as good news?" CLINTON: "I'm sorry, what John?" DICKERSON: "You see this as good news?" CLINTON: "Yeah, I do. Absolutely. I think we're getting closer and closer to wrapping this up." (CBS' "Face The Nation," 3/6/16)

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Clinton Ally Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) Claims She Has Been "Cleared" By The Department Of Justice

On A Panel On CNN's "State Of The Union," Rep. Castro Bizarrely Claims That The Justice Department Cleared Clinton Of Any Wrongdoing In The Email Scandal. SALLY KOHN: "I'm saying he's already won. This -- the fact that he's doing this well is icing on the cake. And I think his supporters want to see him keep going." DANA BASH: "But couldn't he damage Hillary Clinton by staying in?" KOHN: "He is making her a better candidate." HUGH HEWITT: "No, he's not, but -- he has not raised his -- her biggest vulnerability, which is she endangered the national security. He refuses to bring that up." KOHN: "You know what, he refuses to do it because he wants to -- he refuses to do it because unlike the Republicans who want to attack her for everything possible, he wants to talk about substance. He has kept her on substance. He has made her more accountable to the populists on both sides of the party." BASH: "Hillary Clinton, the last word, you get ten seconds." REP. JOAQUÍN CASTRO: "Also because it's been settled by the Congress. The Congress has looked into it, the Justice Department has looked into it, and they've cleared her." BASH: "Justice Department is looking into it." CASTRO: "But she's not the subject of it." HEWITT: "She's been cleared? I missed that headline." BASH: "Ok, we've got to go. We're going to have this conversation for a lot of months, believe me. Thank you very much, all of you.​" (CNN's, "State Of The Union", 3/6/16)

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CNN's Jeff Zeleny: Former Aide Has Been Granted Immunity In Clinton Email Scandal, Hillary Clinton "Not Out Of The Woods Yet On This." CNN's JEFF ZELENY: "That is going to be the one question mark hanging over this campaign for as long as it goes. when or is the FBI and Justice Department going to sort of either move forward with this or say, okay, everything's fine? So the State Department -- her State Department and the Obama State Department approved these e-mails. So there was nothing that surprised the Clinton world in this. They knew everything in this. But what we don't know is what is the aide who now has immunity, what is he saying? Is there a grand jury impaneled? Is there going to be a recommendation here from this Justice Department? All summer long this will be the sort of the sound track of this campaign of a conspiracy theory. She's not out of the woods yet on this." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 3/6/16)

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Despite A Secret Server Designed To Circumvent Transparency Laws, Clinton Claimed She's The Most Transparent Person In Public Life

Today, Clinton Claimed She Is "More Transparent" Than Anyone Else In Public Life. CBS'S JOHN DICKERSON: "You see this as good news?" CLINTON: "Yeah, I do. Absolutely. I think we're getting closer and closer to wrapping this up. I also know that there were reports today about the hundreds of officials and the thousand e-mails that they were sending back and forth that have been looked at and classified retroactively. This really raises serious questions about this whole process. I think Colin Powell summed it up well when he was told that some of his e-mails from more than ten years ago were going to be retroactively classified. He called it an absurdity. So I'm hoping that we'll get through this and then everybody can take hard look at the inner agency disputes and the arguments over retroactive classification. Remember, I'm the one who asked that all my e-mails be made public. I've been more transparent than anybody I can think of in public life. But it's also true that when something is made public, everybody from across the government gets to weigh in and that's what's happening here. We need to get it sorted out and then take action from there." (CBS's "Face The Nation," 3/6/16)

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Clinton's Use Of A Private Email And Server Allowed Her To Undermine Transparency Laws

The New York Times Headline: "Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests" (Michael S. Schmidt and Amy Chozick, "Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests," The New York Times , 3/3/15)

Congressional Investigators Asked The State Department For Documents Related To Benghazi And When The Department "Eventually Responded," It Turned Out They Did Not Include Everything. "In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents. But it turns out that that was not everything." (Michael S. Schmidt and Amy Chozick, "Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests," The New York Times , 3/3/15)

Due To Clinton's Private Account, There Were "Several Instances In Which Records Requests Sent To The State Department, Which Had No Access To Mrs. Clinton's Emails, Came Up Empty." "It was only last month that the House committee appointed to investigate Benghazi was provided with about 300 of Mrs. Clinton's emails related to the attacks. That was shortly after Mrs. Clinton turned over, at the State Department's request, some 50,000 pages of government-related emails that she had kept on her private account. It was one of several instances in which records requests sent to the State Department, which had no access to Mrs. Clinton's emails, came up empty." (Michael S. Schmidt and Amy Chozick, "Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests," The New York Times , 3/3/15)

"[A]n Examination Of Records Requests Sent To The Department Reveals How The Practice Protected A Significant Amount Of Her Correspondence From The Eyes Of Investigators And The Public." "Mrs. Clinton's aides on Tuesday sought to play down the significance of her exclusive use of a personal email account for State Department business. But an examination of records requests sent to the department reveals how the practice protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public." (Michael S. Schmidt and Amy Chozick, "Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests," The New York Times , 3/3/15)

After She Decided Which Emails To Turn Over, Clinton Produced Paper Copies And Deleted Emails From Her Server

CNN Headline: "Hillary Clinton Deleted All Email From Personal Server" (Chris Frates, "Hillary Clinton Deleted All Email From Personal Server," CNN, 3/28/15)

  • "Hillary Clinton Permanently Deleted All The Emails On The Private Server She Used To Do Official Business As Secretary Of State…" "Hillary Clinton permanently deleted all the emails on the private server she used to do official business as secretary of state, the Republican lawmaker who subpoenaed the emails said late Friday." (Chris Frates, "Hillary Clinton Deleted All Email From Personal Server," CNN, 3/28/15)

It Was Not Clear When Clinton Wiped The Server; However, "It Appears To Have Been Wiped After October 2014, When The State Department Asked Clinton To Return Her Official Emails To The Department." "Gowdy said it wasn't clear when Clinton erased the server, but it appears to have been wiped after October 2014, when the State Department asked Clinton to return her official emails to the department." (Chris Frates, "Hillary Clinton Deleted All Email From Personal Server," CNN, 3/28/15)


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