Hillary appeared on CNN to address something far more significant than her emails: The horrendous fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the ambush and killing of five police officers and wounding of seven in Dallas. Hillary spoke eloquently about how to bridge divides and seek common ground. Then Wolf asked about her emails…
First, Hillary’s comments about the recent bloodshed in Minnesota, Dallas, Tennessee and Louisiana reflect her profound concern about the growing tensions in America and her plan as president to address them. She talked about the monstrous ambush of Dallas police officers. She spoke about racial justice and the need to deal with systemic racism:
We have got to do much more to listen to one another, respect each other. We have got to do everything possible to support our police and support innocent Americans who have deadly encounters with the police. This is the kind of call to action and, as president, I would implement the very comprehensive set of proposals that I’ve been making for more than a year.
Here’s the full video:
Hillary was then asked about her emails and she made one thing crystal clear: She was speaking in good faith when she said she never received or sent classified emails.
As we’ve explained in painstaking detail:
According to FBI Director James Comey, the year-long investigation of 55,000 Hillary emails did not reveal a single email clearly marked classified. Only three — just three — of Hillary’s emails “bore markings indicating the presence of classified information.” “Bore markings” is not the same thing as “marked classified.” In his July 7 testimony before Congress, Comey said that those markings were simply a (c) somewhere in the body of the email and nothing in the header or subject line. He further stated that they were improperly marked and that it was reasonable for Hillary to assume they were not classified. Additionally, two of those emails are now known to have been mismarked as a result of “human error.” They did not contain classified information.
Hillary explained to CNN precisely why she had no reason to believe there was classified material in any of the emails she sent on her private system:
About 300 people in the government, mostly in the State Department, but in other high positions in the government with whom I e-mailed over the course of four years, they, I believe, did not believe they were sending any material that was classified. … I just believe that the material that was being communicated by professionals, many with years of handling sensitive classified material, they did not believe that it was classified. I did not have a basis for second-guessing their conclusion. And these were not marked. They were not marked.
Simply put, Hillary trusted that the material she was sent — and on occasion replied to — was not classified. Because it was never marked classified. As I’ve written previously:
110 out of 55,000 emails are said to have contained classified information. That’s just 0.2 percent of her emails. A very simple analogy is useful here. If a vegetarian ordered and consumed a vegetable dumpling off a menu and said they did not eat meat, they would be telling the truth. If a forensic investigation by the department of health later showed that the restaurant contaminated their vegetable dumplings with meat, it doesn’t retroactively make the vegetarian a liar. They were telling the truth as far as they knew it.
Hillary has always been telling the truth. Now we know that she trusted government officials not to send her classified emails without markings.
The fact that she placed her trust in people is what’s good about her character. The fact that her detractors in the GOP and media are trying to distort that trust into something nefarious says something about them, not her.