In a recent interview, her first in months, Hillary Clinton sat with CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar and during the 20-minute question and answer session, Clinton was quizzed on persistent challenges to her narrative about her use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as Secretary of State, deleted e-mails and the events which transpired to obtain e-mails from her.
Keilar: One of the issues that has eroded some trust that we’ve seen is the issue of your email practices while you were secretary of state. I think there’s a lot of people who don’t understand what your thought process was on that. Can you tell me the story of how you decided to delete 33,000 emails and how that deletion was executed?
Clinton: Well, let’s start from the beginning. Everything I did was permitted. There was no law. There was no regulation. There was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate. Previous secretaries of state have said they did the same thing. And people across the government knew that I used one device – maybe it was because I am not the most technically capable person and wanted to make it as easy as possible.
Keilar: But you said they – that they did the same thing, that they used a personal server and –
Keilar: – while facing a subpoena deleted emails from them?
Clinton: You know, you’re starting with so many assumptions that are – I’ve never had a subpoena. There is – again, let’s take a deep breath here. Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation. I had one device. When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system. Now I didn’t have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official already was in the State Department system.
House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy disagreed: “It couldn’t be more plain.”
“To state that you never received a subpoena, you did get one, in March. Your lawyer was on notice months before that, that this committee of Congress wanted your work-related emails,” the South Carolina Republican told CNN Wednesday.
In late March, Clinton attorney David Kendall responded to the subpoena in writing, stating the release of Clinton’s e-mails hinged on State Department approval.
There is an unbearable artlessness to Hillary Clinton’s dishonesty.
While taking a break from avoiding the media, Hillary Clinton’s answers to CNN vindicate her campaign strategy of eluding the press corps: She stumbled and produced a gaffe which will both injure her campaign and cause her staff to go haywire.
Virtually silent on every other matter for the past four months, Hillary finally uttered a prevarication which could easily be demolished. Invoking overheated rhetoric by blasting an alleged “partisan” inquiry, offering evasive answers, constantly comparing her behavior to those who served previous in government and making unsubstantiated allegations about books penned by detractors, Hillary exposes her weakness as a candidate.
For those who care to remember, during the impeachment phase of the Clinton presidency, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr privately asked Bill to testify in front of the grand jury on the Lewinsky matter. Clinton declined all three invitations. When a subpoena was delivered to the White House, Clinton finally submitted, but as part of the negotiated agreement to testify, Clinton demanded the subpoena be withdrawn.
Technically, Bill was not subpoenaed.
When asked by Keilar if she would vote for someone that she didn’t trust, Clinton responded: Well, they – people should and do trust me. And I have every confidence that that will be the outcome of this election.
Once again, she did not answer the question. Sitting in an interview with a sympathetic CNN examiner lobbing softball questions is one thing. Should Hillary become the nominee, a one-on-one debate against a GOP candidate will expose more flaws in front of a wider audience.[CNN]