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Hillary’s Email Apology: Four Sentences, Four Clever Falsehoods

By Blake Neff

Hillary Clinton has finally, partially, thrown in the towel on her private email server, making a public apology Tuesday night where she admitted that she should have kept separate her public and private email accounts from the beginning. But even Clinton’s apology is actually filled with information that is misleading — or even known to be false.

In a statement on her website [1], Clinton’s campaign argues that only “four things you need to know about Hillary Clinton’s email use during her time at the State Department”.

These four straightforward sentences, though, include a great amount of sleight of hand or outright falsehoods:

Sentence “1. Hillary takes responsibility for her decision to use a personal account, and the challenges it has created” : Clinton’s claim to be “taking responsibility” for the email server is a stretch. Her apology has only come after six months of trying to deflect and dismiss criticism over her private emails, and even now it’s hardly a full apology. As the other three sentences in her statement show, Clinton is mostly just apologizing for confusing people and making them mistakenly believe she did anything wrong.

Sentence “2. Her use of a private email account was allowed under State Department rules” : This is a dramatic sleight of hand. The Department of State does allow employees to have private email accounts, and officials even have some leeway to use a private email for work (such as during an emergency). But Clinton didn’t partially rely on her private email: Rather, she used it exclusively for all of her business — a total contradiction of government policy as dictated by the National Archives and Records Administration [2], which controls record-keeping policies in federal agencies.

Sentence “3. Nothing she sent or received was marked classified” : The New York Times actually found otherwise [3] just days ago, producing evidence that several Clinton emails contained information about North Korea’s nuclear program that was classified as “top secret” even before it was sent. Other releases from the State Department have made it obvious that Clinton and her colleagues were routinely trafficking in classified information.

Sentence “4. She provided all of her work-related emails to the State Department” : This claim is also false. While Clinton has said every email that could even “possibly” be work-related was turned over, the State Department has already confirmed [4] that Clinton failed to turn over all or part of 15 work-related emails between herself and longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal, who was sending her intelligence reports on Libya prior to the attack on Benghazi.     (my emphasis)

READ all of Blake Neff’s comments from the Daily Caller here [5].

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