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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton un-admits her e-mail error

File photo of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington

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There she goes again. Hillary Clinton just withdrew her (partial) admission of error in her e-mail mess.
At Monday’s town-hall event, she dismissed the notion that setting up a private, nonsecure e-mail server — and then using it to store over 1,300 pages with classified material — was a mistake.
“I’m not willing to say it was an error in judgment,” she told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “Nothing I did was wrong.”
Huh? In September, she said: “As I look back at it now . . . I should have used two accounts. That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”
A “mistake” but not an “error”? Hillary’s veering close to hubby Bill’s infamous, “Depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
Her “mistake” comment, of course, came six months after her first press conference intended to end questions on the scandal.
If you’re keeping score, Hillary’s e-mail mess will be entering Year Two in a few weeks. And it lives on thanks to all the other errors of judgment that now stand exposed.
The latest: Fox News now reports that she regularly told aides to strip off “classified” and “top secret” designations so info could be widely e-mailed.
That’s right: Violating basic rules for handling sensitive national-security info wasstandard operating procedure in the Clinton State Department.
Which helps explain why that major FBI investigation is ongoing — and the leaks that top agents will resign in protest if the White House quashes the probe.
In a perverse sense, it’s starting to look like Clinton is quite correct: This wasn’t an “error in judgment.”
It was premeditated criminal activity.

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