Hillary Clinton on Sunday insisted that FBI Director James Comey said that her answers to the American public regarding her handling of emails containing classified information were truthful, but this was disputed by host Chris Wallace.
“The emails… I want to ask you about just one aspect of them, and that’s what you told the American people,” Wallace said to the Democratic nominee on “Fox News Sunday.”
Fox then played three separate clips in which Clinton said she did not send or receive any classified material via email.
“After a long investigation, FBI Director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true,” Wallace said to the former secretary of state.
“Chris, that’s not what I heard Director Comey say, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to, in my view, clarify,” Clinton responded. “Director Comey said that my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails.”“I was communicating with over 300 people in my emailing. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe that what they were sending was classified,” she added. “Now in retrospect, different agencies come in and say, well, it should have been, but that’s not what was happening in real time.
“But in a congressionally hearing on July 7th, Director Comey directly contradicted what you had told the public,” Wallace said.
Fox then aired footage of the congressional hearing when Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy questioned Comey. “There was classified material emailed,” Comey said. (RELATED: Comey Confirms Hillary Clinton Lied To The Public About Her Emails [VIDEO])
“He not only directly contradicted what you said, he also said in that hearing that you were extremely careless and negligent,” Wallace then said to the former secretary of state.
Clinton admitted she made a mistake, but appeared to deflect some criticism onto the 300 people she corresponded with through email.
“Well, Chris, I looked at the whole transcript of everything that was said, and what I believe is, number one, I made a mistake not using two different email addresses. I have said that and I repeat it again today. It is certainly not anything I ever would do again,” she said.
“I take classification seriously. I relied on and had every reason to rely on the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked,” Clinton added. “And so in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, well, among those 300 people they made the wrong call. At the time there was no reason in my view to doubt the professionalism and the determination by the people who work every single day on behave of our country.”