Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook admitted on Fox News Sunday that Clinton lied when she claimed FBI Director James Comey's letter about the reopening of its probe into her private server was sent solely to House Republicans.
Comey's stunning letter Friday stated that "pertinent" emails regarding the private server investigation surfaced during a separate inquiry. Later reporting revealed that separate investigation was into former congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
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Comey sent his letter to Republican House committee chairmen but it was also carbon-copied to leading Democrats on those committees. However, Clinton said it was sent originally just to Republicans, suggesting Comey's actions were partisan.
"If they're going to be sending this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the House, that they need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people," she said on Friday.
"Robby, why would she say something that is so flatly untrue?" Fox host Chris Wallace asked. He brandished a copy of the letter and showed on the back that the eight top Democrats on the House committees also received it.
"Chris, this has been really overhyped," Mook said.
"Well, she said it. I didn't," Wallace said.
"We were all surprised by this letter," Mook said. "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 of the letter? Absolutely. She looked at the front page of the letter. She has acknowledged, we all acknowledge this was sent to everybody."
Wallace didn't back off the subject, however, pointing out campaign chairman John Podesta made the same claim that it was sent to only Republicans on Friday afternoon.
"Frankly, it was a dishonest talking point," Wallace said.
"Chris, if your question is whether Democratic leaders were cc-ed on that letter, the answer is absolutely yes," Mook said. "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."