Morning Joe Panel: Hillary Says Things on TV She Knows Are Not True

• October 19, 2015 8:40 am


Following an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Morning Joe co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough as well as reporter Bob Woodward of Watergate fame condemned Hillary Clinton Monday morning for being dishonest in her defense of the private email server she used as secretary of state.

"This is one of remarkable things about Hillary Clinton: she says things on television that she knows are not true, that her staff knows is not true, that the press knows is not true, that the people following the story knows is not true," Scarborough said.

Woodward compared Clinton's use of private email to President Richard Nixon's desire for secrecy and rejection of transparency. He stated he was troubled by Clinton's insistence that what she did was permitted, because as secretary of state, Clinton wrote the rules for her own department. In her interview with Tapper, Clinton did not offer a specific person that approved of her actions, once again only saying that the rules allowed it.

"When she was secretary of state, she could tell her driver go 150 miles an hour and in a sense that's permitted because she could say it," Woodward said. "That doesn't mean you should go 150 miles an hour. There's a problem in all of this."

Clinton's comments regarding the classified nature of her emails irked the panel. Despite repeated revelations that classified information was present in many of the emails, Clinton maintains none of the information was specifically marked classified at the time it was sent or received.

"She also says something so misleading and so wrong that I know you, of course, as much as anybody would know it," Scarborough said to Woodward. "When she talks about—and I can't believe they're still saying this after the intelligence community has knocked this down. She says ‘well nothing was classified at the time.' That is the most ridiculous and aimed justification."

The AP reports that under Secretary Clinton the State Department's cybersecurity was identified as a "significant deficiency." She will testify to the House Benghazi Committee on October 22.