Clinton in Total Denial About FBI Director’s Conclusions About Private Email Server

July 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton was still very much in denial about what FBI Director James Comey said about her private email server earlier this month in an interview with CBS host Charlie Rose.

Rose asked if she considered potential national security concerns when she set up her personal, home-brewed server.

"And some say, what were you thinking about the national security risk when you made this decision?" Rose asked.

Clinton said there was no evidence of anyone hacking into her server. Rose did not agree with her assessment.

"Some would suggest that the reason they were very good at it, there’s no evidence of it and that you exposed–," Rose rebutted.

Clinton reiterated that there is no evidence of hacking and that she takes classified information very seriously.

"That’s not even the question," Rose fired back.

Clinton said that is the issue at hand before Rose repeated the question.

"The question is, did you put stuff?" he said. "Not about classification–"

"No," she replied.

Rose paused and looked at her.

Clinton explained that there has been confusion around this topic and "what has been found." She added that when a government system gets hacked, there is "great evidence" of when it occurs.

Rose reminded Clinton that Comey called her "careless" with her handling of classified material over her private email server while at the State Department,

Clinton deflected this accusation and said that she hoped Rose, as well as the public, would focus on what Comey said when he testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform earlier this month.

"He clarified much of what he said in his press conference," she said.

"But he said it was sloppy," Rose shot back.

"He did not," she replied.

Clinton then shifted the blame to say that "at least 300" people were on the email chains. She pointed out to Rose that she was not emailing herself.

"It has now been clarified that there were no markings of classified material," she said.

Comey testified under oath that there were three partial markings to signify that there was classified information in emails on her server. The Washington Free Beacon reported at the time about a specific exchange between Comey and Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.).

"Director Comey, come on," Meadows said. "I mean, I’ve only been here a few years and I understand the importance of those markings. So, you’re suggesting that a long length of time she had no idea what a classified marking would be. That’s your sworn testimony today?"

Comey immediately said no.

"No, no, not that she would have no idea what a classified marking would be, but, it’s an interesting question as to whether she—this question about sophistication came up earlier—whether she was actually sophisticated enough to understand what a C in parenthesis means," he said.

Comey then said that due to her tenure as first lady, senator, and then secretary of state, she should have known what those markings meant.

Clinton referred to these accusations as a "flurry," in which she downplayed the fact that there were, indeed, markings indicating classified information.

"There was a little flurry about three little documents that had a little C, but that’s been clarified by the State Department," she said to Rose.

Rose asked Clinton directly if what she did was careless. She deflected the question and said that if what she did was careless, then the 300 people on the email chains were also careless. Rose asked why Comey used that specific term then.

"I don't know," Clinton said.