Former Clinton White House special counsel Lanny Davis hung up on Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg Friday after the host grilled him over Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
The Newsmax TV host opened up the interview by bringing up the fact that Clinton claimed that she never received a subpoena over her emails, even though Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed on Wednesday that Clinton did indeed receive one in March.
Davis went on the defensive immediately, telling Malzberg that Clinton was referring to not getting one prior to her giving her emails to the State Department.
“Why did Hillary say she never got a subpoena on CNN when there have been several subpoenas?” Malzberg asked initially.
“Okay, she said she never got a subpoena in the context of a question of whether she had a subpoena prior to her delivering the emails to the State Department,” Davis responded. “That was the question she answered. A time specific answer, she had not gotten a subpoena at that time. I think she probably misunderstood that it would be interpreted this way. But knowing Trey Gowdy, who’s never answered the question, ‘why won’t you call her publicly to testify why you won’t release the transcript of Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition. That’s what we should be talking about.”
“I don’t really care about that Lanny,” Malzberg said. “I don’t care about that. I’m here to talk about Hillary, not Trey Gowdy.
“Well, what I care about is telling you these answers that I choose to answer,” Davis said. “Not the one you want me to. I gave you the answer.”
Malzberg went on to play the clip of Clinton telling CNN’s Brianna Keilar that she hadn’t gotten a subpoena.
“She said she never had a subpoena,” Malzberg stated emphatically after playing Clinton’s answer about the subpoena..
“So Steve, I hate to do this to you because you’ve usually been pretty civil and fair. You said you were going to start with the question and answer, and you didn’t.”
“I said I was going to start with a question and answer?” asked the perplexed host.
“Yes, you said let’s listen to the question and answer, and then what you did was play the clip of her answering, exactly what Trey Gowdy has done, and this is Steve Maltzman at his word,” Davis said.
“Well, it’s Malzberg, but it’s okay,” said the host.
“She answered a question that was about a moment and time when she had not turned over her emails to the State Department, and there was no subpoena at that moment.”
“So, in other words Lanny, she’s doing it ‘depends on the meaning of the word is.’ Right, Lanny,” Malzberg said raising his voice.
“Do you have any other questions Steve? This interview is over,” Davis said before hanging up.
“Alright, goodbye Lanny!” Malzberg said. “I was wondering why you were coming on.”
Davis has long been one of the former secretary of state’s most public supporters, going so far as to say that she has never “changed a single position in her entire career” in an interview last week with Fox Business Network. (RELATED: Lanny Davis: Hillary ‘Hasn’t Changed A Single Position In Her Entire Career’)