Separating Fact From Fiction Concerning What the Media Isn’t Saying About Clinton’s Emails

If I never hear the word “email” again, it would be too soon. I’ve never seen something this meaningless become such a “big deal” over an issue that, let’s be honest, the overwhelming majority of people pretending they care about it are only doing so because they dislike Hillary Clinton.

Did she make a mistake? Yes. Has she admitted that setting up her own email server was a bad idea? Yes. Has there been one significant national security issue linked to her use of this server? No.

It’s comical to watch people act “outraged” over something that, if a candidate they supported did the exact same thing, they wouldn’t care one bit. Though I will admit the flip side of that is true, as well. I’m sure many Clinton backers defending her would gladly be going after a Republican if the situations were reversed.

That being said, I wouldn’t personally care, but I’m not blind enough to know that there aren’t hypocrites on both sides – which is why I said that this is obviously a partisan issue.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers when millions of emails went missing from the Bush administration. Yet I don’t recall Republicans calling for indictments or for anyone from the Bush administration to be sent to prison over that “minor email issue.”

But the issue lately seems to be centered around whether or not Clinton lied when she has repeatedly claimed that all the emails found on her server were retroactively classified, meaning they weren’t marked classified when they passed through her server.

Well, according to FBI Director James Comey, that wasn’t true. Despite what Hillary Clinton said prior to Comey’s comments about the investigation a few weeks ago, a few emails that passed through the server were marked classified.

So, that obviously means she lied when she said that all the classified emails found on her server had been retroactively classified, right?

Not really.

It’s true that Clinton was wrong when she said none of the emails found on the server were marked classified, but based on Comey’s own words, it was reasonable for her to assume those emails weren’t classified because they lacked the proper headers and banners.

Here’s what Comey had to say when he was questioned by Congress:

When Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) asked if the classified emails that Clinton received were properly marked, Comey said they were not. He stated that they should have had headers and banners indicating they were classified. He even went on to say that it would be a “reasonable inference” to assume that, with the absence of these banners and headers, Clinton could have easily assumed the email was not classified.

Oh, and for the record, Comey also testified that he did not view her server as unlawful or illegal. So, all this talk about “Clinton set up an illegal server” is nonsense. That is, unless you’re claiming that you know more about the law than the director of the FBI (and a Republican, by the way).

I’m not seeing this point brought up by really anyone in the media. Many pundits don’t even attempt to acknowledge the fact that the emails found on her server weren’t properly marked and the FBI director literally said it was reasonable for her to have assumed they were simply non-classified emails, because they lacked those proper markings.

That makes her original statement on this issue wrong — but that doesn’t mean she was lying.

If anything, this actually proves that she was being honest with the American people and the FBI because none of the emails (out of tens of thousands) were properly marked as classified when they passed through her server. The truth is, she could have never made that statement, kept her comments much more vague, then tried to walk things back later — but she didn’t. She came out, admitted it was a mistake, then stated that none of the emails were marked classified.

Again, while she was wrong when she said that, FBI Director Comey actually vindicated her during his testimony to Congress when he said that none of the emails they found were properly marked and it was reasonable — due to the lack of proper headers and banners — for her to have been mistaken when she made her statement.

So, if you want to bash her for being wrong, that’s fine, go ahead. However, according to the words of FBI Director James Comey, it was reasonable for Hillary Clinton to not have known any emails marked classified passed through her server since the ones they did find were either retroactively classified or weren’t properly marked.

And that’s not me “spinning the truth,” that’s me pointing out Comey’s own words about this entire situation.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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