Saturday, July 09, 2016

"They were not careless."

Judy Woodruff: "Madam Secretary, we also want to ask you about the FBI report that came out this week.

We heard the director, James Comey, say they were not going to recommend criminal charges against you, but he said that you and your colleagues at the State Department were, in his words, extremely careless in the handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

Do you believe you benefited from a double standard, that ordinary government employees experience one sort of treatment and a different one for you?"

Hillary Clinton: "No, not at all.

In fact, I think Director Comey made exactly the opposite point in his long testimony yesterday, that those who somehow hoped that action would be taken are the ones who were hoping for a double standard.

He made very clear there was no basis for going forward. And he also clarified what he said in his statement.

You know, with respect to the handling of classified material, I take it very seriously, and the 300 or so people with whom I e-mailed on the course of my time in the State Department do as well. These are experienced diplomats. They have expertise in handling classified material. They were not careless.

And the material that they sent to me, they didn’t believe was classified. The very, very few examples that Director Comey pointed to have also been clarified, as he accounted yesterday. The State Department has said two of the three that he had pointed to were human error. They were not to be classified.

So, I’m very proud of the work that we did over four years. And I’m very proud of our diplomats and our other professionals, who have to act in real time. They are responding to heads of state, to press inquiries. And they are doing the best they can. I do not believe they were careless. I do not believe that they sent material that they thought was classified, and certainly no finding of anything intentional was made after this investigation."

This is the babbling empty suit we will almost certainly elect to be our next president.

And I love Woodruff calling her “Madame Secretary,”  the title of a post she has not held for almost four years. Like Cuba and other tinpot dictatorships, this country now seems to bestow lifetime titles.

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