Woodward: Clinton Wanted to ‘Subvert the Rules’ as Secretary of State and ‘Lives in a Bubble’


The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward lambasted Hillary Clinton on Sunday for wanting to “subvert the rules” with her use of emails and handling of documents as secretary of state, saying it illustrates how she “lives in a bubble.”

Woodward made his comments on the panel of Fox News Sunday after host Chris Wallace asked him about the most recent Clinton email release on Friday.

Wallace first explained how “in 2011, when an aide was having trouble sending her [Clinton] material by a secure fax, she sent these instructions: ‘if they can’t, turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure.’” He then asked Woodward why this new development is important.

“Because you have here the secretary of state in 2011 saying, ‘Let’s subvert the rules,’’’ Woodward responded. “This was a security issue.”

He then explained that taking the heading off of a document means that paper no longer has any classification and is “not in the system” anymore “so no one can discover it through [the] Freedom of Information Act or some sort of subpoena.”

Woodward went on to criticize Clinton for being someone who worked on the Richard Nixon impeachment committee and should have learned the lesson back then to “never write anything down.”

“Here, many years later, she’s saying ‘let’s subvert the rules’ and writing it out herself,” he said.

Woodward added that whether Clinton committed a crime or not is less important than her actions showing how she “feels immune, that she lives in a bubble and no one’s ever going to find this out. Well, now we have.”

The State Department released the latest emails on Friday, and spokesman John Kirby refused to comment on whether Clinton attempted to tamper with classified information or broke the law. He said the State Department’s job is to make the emails public and nothing more.

Aaron Kliegman

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Aaron Kliegman is the news editor for the Washington Free Beacon and a Master's Degree Candidate in Johns Hopkins's Global Security Studies Program in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Aaron worked as a Research Associate for the Center for Security Policy, a national security think tank, and as the Deputy Field Director on Micah Edmond's campaign for U.S. Congress. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2014 and lives in Washington, D.C. His Twitter handle is @Aaron_Kliegman. He can be reached at kliegman@freebeacon.com.

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