About two-thirds of voters say Hillary Clinton isn’t “honest or trustworthy,” which in most elections would be decisive. With so much media focus on Donald Trump, it’s worth parsing Mrs. Clinton’s most recent efforts to persuade voters of her honesty.
Late last month, Fox News’s Chris Wallace played clips of Mrs. Clinton’s statements over the past year about her unsecure home email server. Then he said to her: “After a long investigation, FBI Director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true.”
Mrs. Clinton’s reply: “Director Comey said that my answers were truthful.”
Not even close. Mrs. Clinton denied sending or receiving classified email, but Mr. Comey told Congress: “There was classified material emailed.” Mrs. Clinton claimed there was “nothing marked classified”; Mr. Comey testified: “That’s not true.” He cited more than 100 classified emails, 36 of them top secret. “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about the matters should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” Mr. Comey said.
To her pledge that she had turned over all her work-related email, Mr. Comey testified: “No, we found work-related emails, thousands, that were not returned.” When asked, “Did she lie to the American public?” the lawyerly Mr. Comey testified: “That’s a question I’m not qualified to answer.”
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