Is Hillary Clinton Telling the Truth About Emails?

3 months, 20 days ago

The presumptive Democratic nominee joined the Sunday shows to is moving forward her version of the email scandal dogging her campaign.”>

By Lauren Carroll and Jon Greenberg

Saturdays news that Hillary Clinton expended more than 3 hour speaking with the FBI bled into the Sunday news shows, with Clinton again saying she did not send or receive material marked classified through the private email server she used while secretary of state.

Let me merely repeat what I have repeated for many months now, Clinton told NBCs Chuck Todd in a phone interview following her interview with researchers. I never received nor sent any material that was marked classified.

The line has been part of Clintons defense since at least last August. Back then, PolitiFact hesitated to rate Clintons claim because of the fluidity of events and the ongoing investigation.

Eleven months later, we wanted to take a fresh look.

Classified after the fact

The public became aware that Clinton employed a private email server in March 2015. Eventually, Clinton turned over about 30, 000 work-related emails to the State Department for public release.

The State Department redacted about 2,000 of those emails before releasing them, saying they contain classified information including some that have been withheld entirely because they contain top secret information.

Clintons statement focuses on a much narrower and potentially misleading point that Clinton sent or received material she knew was categorized because it was marked.

None of the emails the State Department redacted, or any other emails made publicly available, contained category markings at the time they were sent, government officials said.

The possibility remains, however, that that she sent or received classified information that was inappropriately left unlabeled or that Clinton, as head of government departments, failed to recognize and deal with information that should have been classified.

Further, because Clinton employed a private server, we only have Clintons term that she turned over all relevant email. Its possible there are emails with classified information on them that she deleted or did not turn over.

Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, said Clinton is carefully picking her words.

On the one hand, I believe that sentence is likely accurate, said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, told PolitiFact. But I also believe that it is so carefully crafted as to avoid a more important question, which is whether there was information in her email that “shouldve been” marked classified.

The plot merely get more complicated.

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