Rep. Issa: Clinton email claims can only go to the voters

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," August 5, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

LIZ CLAMAN, GUEST HOST:  Well, despite receiving four Pinocchios and a Pants on Fire from newspapers and media organizations, Hillary Clinton is sticking to her claim that the FBI said she is telling the truth on e- mails.


QUESTION:  What kind of stuff was in those e-mails that he keeps harping on?

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  It was all personal stuff.  And we said that consistently.  And as the FBI said, everything that I have said publicly has been consistent and truthful with what I told them.

Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful.  
That's really the bottom line here.


CLAMAN:  But here's the problem.  That's not what FBI Director Jim Comey said.  Listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her e-mails either sent or received.  Was that true?

JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR:  That's not true.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Secretary Clinton said, "I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail.  There is no classified material."  Was that true?

COMEY:  There was classified material e-mailed.


CLAMAN:  So let's get reaction from California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.

Congressman, did this round of answers clear anything up?

REP. DARRELL ISSA, R-CALIFORNIA:  When you triple down on four Pinocchios, I guess that you gives you 12 Pinocchios.

This is an amazing trait of Secretary Clinton.  She will something that isn't true, she will repeat it, she will double down on it.  When she received the highest level of Pinocchios from The Washington Post, which is certainly not a conservative newspaper, she then just continues to try to press it again.

And you concentrated -- and many people are -- on the FBI director's statements, but she also said in that interview that she never publicly said anything that was untrue, and, of course, ultimately the inaccuracy of what he said publicly is undeniable.

CLAMAN:  OK.  So, the point, though, is that James Comey said he is not going to indict.  He didn't see criminal behavior.  He did see outrageously ridiculous behavior, but not criminal.  Where can this go here?

ISSA:  It can only go to the voters.

And this is a tough election cycle, because you have a dishonest, not trustworthy individual in Hillary Clinton, with a lot of shady things that went on with her and her husband and their fund-raising of nearly half-a- billion dollars that was always connected to her activity as a senator and then as a secretary.

And you have Donald Trump, who, let's face it, somebody should pull the phone away and say, stop tweeting.  And so the voters are really faced with a question of trust vs. the other idiosyncrasies.  And that's what is making this a very strange election cycle.

CLAMAN:  It sure is.

And speaking of which, I don't know if you heard the breaking news, but Fox News is reporting that he may finally endorse Speaker Ryan when he is in Wisconsin tonight.  Do you think that's a good move?  You have endorsed him.

ISSA:  Liz, it's a great move.

Speaker Ryan came not wanting the job.  He had his dream job of being the Ways and Means chairman, wanting to really reform the tax policy and take care of Social Security and Medicare.  And we had to, quite frankly, come pretty close to begging him, letting him know that nobody else could reunite a very diverse party.

He acquiesced to do it.  He has done a great job and he is in fact the highest elected Republican in the nation.  And we have great confidence in him.  And it's my hope that Donald Trump will see that in fact in this very diverse party, you have to endorse, if you will, all wings of the party, because the people in Louisiana, the people in Wisconsin, and those of us in California, we are Republicans, yes, but we're also a very diverse party.

CLAMAN:  We sure are. That is what makes America great.

Listen, thank you very much, Congressman.  Good to see you.

ISSA:  Thank you, Liz.


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