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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Hillary Calls FBI LIARS, says NO CLASSIFIED info in emails
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton still insisted Sunday that she never sent classified material on her private account when she was secretary of state, contradicting claims by FBI Director James B. Comey.
“I was communicating with over 300 people in my emails. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe what they were sending was classified,” Mrs. Clinton said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I take classification seriously,” she said, repeating that she had made a mistake in using a private email account.
She also said that “some people” might blame State Department professionals for the mistakes made handling classified information, but she said she refused to second-guess her underlings.
“I relied on and had every reason to relied on the judgment of the professionals with whom I worked,” she said. “So in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, ‘Well, among those 300 people they made the wrong call.’ At the time there was no reason in my view to doubt the professionalism and the determination by people who work every single day on behalf of our country.”
Last month, Mr. Comey said that 110 of her emails contained information that was classified at the time she sent or received them, and a small number of them included markings that identified them as classified.
He also announced that he would not recommend pursuing criminal charges againstMrs. Clinton. But he said that she and her staff were “extremely careless” in using a personal email account hosted by a secret server in her home and that it jeopardized classified information.
Mrs. Clinton maintained that the material was “retroactively” classified, a claim she has made since it was first revealed that some of the material was classified.
She stressed that she fully cooperated with the FBI investigation, including when she was interviewed over the July 4 weekend just prior to Mr. Comey’s announcement.
“Director Comey said my answers were truthful and consistent with what I have told the American people,” she said.