Hillary Clinton apparently has more in common with her husband than his last name. Before Hillary Clinton’s emails had been subpoenaed by the FBI, Clinton insisted, quite adamantly, that she had never sent or received classified information on her private server. That claim might have been true in a technical sense, but it smells like the kind of hair-splitting deception that made Slick Willy famous:
. . . The presence of classified information in e-mails Clinton wrote appears to contradict her assurances that she sent no such material.
“I have said repeatedly that I did not send nor receive classified material, and I’m very confident that when this entire process plays out that will be understood by the everyone,” she said last week during a Democratic Party meeting in Minneapolis. She said that government officials may now be making different determinations after the fact, but “it does not change the fact that I did not send, nor receive, material marked classified.”
Oh, I see. So when you said over and over again that you did not send or receive classified information, you meant that you did not send and receive information that was at the time marked classified. I see. So that doesn’t necessarily mean Hillary Clinton didn’t send and receive confidential, sensitive information. She apparently followed the letter of the law within a narrow set of parameters. She just didn’t follow the spirit of the law at all.
Is most fresh intelligence already marked classified? No. It gets marked classified after a review. So people in the State department have to be prudent about their correspondences so that sensitive or confidential information that will eventually be marked classified is treated like classified information from the outset.
Of all people, Hilary Clinton—as the Secretary of State—should have known that. In fact, I would be quite surprised if she didn’t. She just didn’t think it was that important. She didn’t care. Or she didn’t think she would be caught.
And now, just like her husband, she’s using carefully worded half-truths in order to shield herself from the consequences of her actions. “I have said repeatedly that I did not send nor receive classified material” sounds a whole lot like “I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” It’s the same formula even. Repeat a half-truth long enough, and people might just believe it’s the whole truth.
So you wonder why Hillary Clinton defended her husband through all of his scandals? She’s just like him apparently. And though we may not be hearing about any extra-marital affairs on her part any time soon (because if she hasn’t already had one, she’s probably not going to at this point because, you know … [shudders]), I guarantee this will not be the last time she willfully deceives the American public.
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