Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced that she stands by her remarks to the FBI and the American public regarding her use of a private email server while serving as the secretary of state.
As CBS News noted, this comes despite “numerous fact checking efforts” actually debunking those claims.
“It was all personal stuff, and we’ve said that consistently,” said the presidential front-runner, per CBS.
Clinton, for all of the praise heaped upon her by supporters, has not had an easy few months on the campaign trail. Despite earning the Democratic nomination in July, Clinton has also been accused of colluding with supposedly impartial party officials to ensure she won the DNC’s nomination over popular progressive candidate Bernie Sanders. This information, while long reported and ignored, was made even more prominently known by hacked D.N.C. emails that were published by WikiLeaks.
“As the FBI said,” she continued, “everything that I’ve said publicly has been consistent and truthful with what I’ve told them.”
Unfortunately for Clinton and those who many label apologists that want to believe her above all else, many of her statements were already shown to be false by FBI director James Comey.
As has often been the only thing known to be true about Clinton, however, she will always pivot toward pointing out flaws and demonizing whichever candidate she happens to be facing.
“[Donald Trump] can say whatever he wants, but the facts remain he owes the American people his tax returns,” continued Clinton, disregarding the tax shelter address (per the Guardian) she shares with Trump in Delaware as well as her own inability to produce the transcripts for speeches (per the Washington Times) for which she was generously paid.
Many suspect because they were not, in fact, speeches, but payments.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s constant badgering of citizens that she has never lied to the FBI and, in fact, should be held blameless, the candidate has earned a “Four Pinocchios” rating from the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column and a “Pants on Fire” grade from Politifact.
For the FBI’s Comey, who answers to close Clinton friend and Attorney General Loretta Lynch (see CNN’s coverage of the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch “grandchildren” meeting), many feel that calling Clinton an outright liar could cost him his job with a new administration. He would instead note in a statement that Hillary’s perceived lies were “not a question I’m qualified to answer.”
Instead, Comey has gone on record saying that he could only “speak about what [Clinton] said to the FBI.”
For that collection of statements, coincidentally, there is no documented record. What is known, however, is that despite a general feeling of mistrust by U.S. citizens, Hillary Clinton’s popularity continues to do better than that of Donald Trump.
According to a recent WBUR poll, for example, the Democratic candidate is seen by 46 percent of New Hampshire voters as “not fit to be president” while an additional 29% feel that Clinton should be sent to prison – as any other citizen would be forced – for her documented abuse of sensitive data on a personal e-mail server and repeated lies to cover up those claims.
Trump, coincidentally, is seen by 63 percent of that same base as “not fit to be president.” This WBUR survey collected comments from 609 “likely” voters between July 29 and August 1.
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