On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace questioned Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook about the recent bombshell announcement from FBI Director James Comey about reopening the investigation.
Specifically, Chris Wallace asked why Hillary and her campaign would make such ‘flatly untrue’ statements about Director Comey sending his letter to only Republican members of Congress, when the truth was that it was sent to both Republicans and Democrats.
Here’s how their conversation went down:
Chris Wallace: Robby, why would she say something that is so flatly untrue? I have a copy here — it’s not very long. It’s the letter that Comey sent to Congress. On the front page, it’s got the eight Republican chairmen of the committees. If you turn it over, next, you’ve got the eight top Democrats on the committee.
Why would she say it was just sent to the Republicans when, in fact, it was sent to the Republicans and Democrats?
Robby Mook: You know, Chris, this has been really overhyped.
Wallace: Well, she said it, I didn’t.
Mook: We were all surprised by this letter. She looked at the front page, and as you just said yourself, on the front page of that memo, it lists those Republican chairs. Were the Democrats CC’ed at the end? Absolutely.
She looked at the front page. She acknowledged, we all acknowledge this was sent to everybody. What we’re concerned and disturbed by is that Director Comey sent a letter saying we have some information, I don’t know if it’s significant, I don’t know if it isn’t, he didn’t say where it came from —
Wallace: But, Robby —
Mook: — he didn’t say what it was about. He didn’t even say whether these e-mails were sent or received by Hillary Clinton. And furthermore, another hypothetical that’s out there is that these are duplicates that have already been released. We need all the information, and Director Comey needs to get it out fast.
Wallace: But, Robby, I want to make one more point about this letter. You say it’s hype. Comey sent the letter about 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. Your campaign chairman, John Podesta, put out a statement at 3:45 p.m. in which he made exactly the same charge that this letter had been sent just to the Republicans, not to the Democrats. Three hours and 15 minutes later, Hillary Clinton makes the same charge.
This was a talking point of your campaign and frankly was a dishonest talking point.
Mook: Chris, if your question is whether Democratic leaders were CC’ed on that letter, the answer is absolutely yes. What’s disturbing about this, again, is that a three-paragraph letter with no information whatsoever about what the FBI is talking about was sent to the individuals named on the letter.
It took Jason Chaffetz about, I don’t know, 15 seconds to leak that out to the press. And now, all your interviews this morning have been full of hypotheticals and conjectures.
Director Comey owes it to the American people, releasing this just a matter of days before the election, to provide all the information. That’s what we’re asking. Just to get all of it out there and the voters can judge for themselves.
Obviously, Mook isn’t going to tell the truth. Either it was a mistake on the campaign’s part and they really didn’t see that second page – which is entirely plausible – or they knew that the letter was sent to key members of both parties, but they wanted to politicize it to capitalize on the news.
Here’s their whole interview. For the relevant portion, you can skip to about 4:20:
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