Kaine Refuses to Say Hillary Lied, Promises to Be 'Absolutely' Transparent

Carla Harmon
August 9, 2016

Clinton has come under fire for claiming in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" with host Chris Wallace that FBI Director James Comey said her "answers were truthful and what [she has] said is consistent with what [she has] told the American people".

It shows clips of her speaking to a group of Hispanic and black journalists on Friday.

WALLACE: They were marked and more importantly, he said that there was classified material that she had e-mailed. "That really is the bottom line here", Clinton said. She seems to be conflating the true- what she said to the F.B.I. and what she said to the American public.

Clinton was confronted Friday for making statements publicly that -- according to Comey -- were inaccurate, including her claim on the campaign trail that she never sent or received classified information on her private server. He also said he was not qualified to weigh in on her public statements, but several of his findings contradicted her public statements.

Yet, the nominee has repeated those claims since the interview.

"Clinton knows the actions she has taken are disqualifying for someone wishing to become commander-in-chief - and that is why today's painful, pretzel-like response to a simple question about her illegal server was obvious to everyone watching".

CLINTON: Well, I may have short-circuited it; and for that I - you know, will try to clarify.

Her aides said that Clinton has conducted over 300 interviews since launching her campaign, though she has shied away from open forums where reporters can ask questions. A favorite trick of Fox News is the deceptive video edit, and nowhere has the right been guilty of more deceptive editing and parsing that FBI Director's comments about Hillary Clinton's emails.

Trump himself ended the week by grabbing hold of an off-the-cuff remark Clinton made about misspeaking - she said that she "short-circuited" - and ran with it as evidence that she is somehow mentally incapacitated. And I've heard her apologize'.

In the hearing last month, Comey said three marked emails had a "C" mark at the time they were sent or received by Clinton, which would have indicated their classified nature.

Her prolonged absence from hosting a press conference - up until Friday - is a testament to that assertion. "I just didn't quite remember what it is I was going to say, '" former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Fox News Sunday". Several legal and security experts, including some Democrats, expected the Federal Bureau of Investigation to recommend an indictment for Hillary, but with that having failed to materialize, the general feeling that pervaded the American media was that Clinton had somehow worked her way with assistance from the Justice Department - and AG Loretta Lynch in particular - thus evading punishment for "crimes" which may otherwise have sent ordinary citizens into prison.

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