‘Count The Clinton Lies’ Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of Hillary’s UN Email Speech [VIDEO]
Thursday marks the one year anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s UN press conference in which she first publicly addressed her use of a private email system as secretary of state, and the Republican political action committee America Rising is out with a video to commemorate the event.
“Count the Clinton Lies” goes through seven claims Clinton made during that 20-minute presser which have been disputed, undermined and proven to be false.
“America Rising invites you to count Secretary Clinton’s lies with her as she lists them in her now-infamous 2015 press conference,” America Rising communications director Jeff Bechdel said in a statement to The Daily Caller.
Clinton claimed that she used a personal email account, which she accessed on her personal Blackberry, out of convenience.
“When I got to work as secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal account which was allowed by the State Department because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” Clinton told reporters at the UN.
The Democratic presidential candidate was known to have used a Blackberry while in office.
But two weeks before her Q&A at the UN, Clinton said that she also used an iPhone. And some of Clinton’s published emails show that she also used an iPad. Emails obtained by TheDC earlier this year show that a State Department official offered to set Clinton up with a government-issued Blackberry fixed with a State.gov email account. Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, rejected the idea. (RELATED: Clinton Aides Resisted State Dept. Suggestion That Hillary Use State.gov Account)
Clinton claimed that the “vast majority” of her emails went to government employees at their government addresses. That meant the emails were “captured and preserved immediately on the system at the State Department.”
But just days after Clinton made that claim, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the agency had only started automatically archiving emails for senior-level officials the month before, in Feb. 2015.
Clinton said at the UN that the State Department’s request for her work-related emails was not unusual because the same inquiry was made of other former secretaries of state as part of an effort to revamp its records-keeping practices.
But The Washington Post published a report in September which demolished that claim. The State Department contacted Clinton’s attorneys to retrieve her records after her personal email address was found in a batch of emails that were being reviewed in accordance with the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s ongoing investigation.
Clinton also insisted that she “took the unprecedented” step of asking the State Department to make all of her work-related emails public.
What was actually unprecedented about Clinton’s actions was her exclusive use of a personal email account while in federal office. There has also not been another documented case of a federal official using an off-the-books email system to conduct government business.
Clinton said that she had “absolute confidence” that all of her emails that could be “in any way” connected to her work was in the possession of the State Department.
But as was reported in June, Clinton failed to turn over at least 15 emails from her longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal. The missing emails were discovered by comparing the records Clinton handed over to the State Department to those that Blumenthal provided to the agency.
Clinton claimed that her private email system was first used by her husband Bill Clinton’s presidential office.
“The only time I got on the internet I did two emails,” the former president said in June.
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” Clinton said a year ago.
That claim is the whopper of the bunch. The State Department announced in January that it was withholding 22 of Clinton’s emails from the public because they contained “Top Secret” information. The State Department and other agencies have also retroactively classified more than 2,000 emails Clinton sent or received.
Since her UN press conference, Clinton has made two major revisions to her “no classified” claim. She has said that none of the emails were classified when they were sent or received. But she revised that statement after the intelligence community inspector general found emails that contained information that was “Top Secret” when they were forwarded to Clinton.
Clinton revised her claim again after that, saying that she never sent or received any emails that were “marked” classified. But when Clinton signed on at the State Department, she signed a Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement in which she acknowledged that classified information is classified whether it is “marked” or “unmarked.” (RELATED: Document Completely Undermines Hillary’s Classified Email Defense)